I just registered but have been lurking around for a while. I play just for my own relaxation and do not have any notable instruments.
BUT: I have a Bass Collections 4 string fretless that has been around the house for 20 years and needs some TLC. It had a clear finish with several dents and scratches.
I decided to refinish it. After much reading I took the plunge and disassembled it completely. I tried several chemical stripper and the finish just laughed at me and said "Yeah Right!".
I settled on a heat gun and have most of the body down to mostly wood. As expected the top coat came of an left another layer below that is quite stubborn. I will do as much as I can with heat and then hand sand with a block (coarse to begin and progressively finer).
I intend to finish with a 'colonial maple' stain followed by tru-oil.
- Will heating the neck adversely effect the glue holding down the fingerboard?
- Should I loosen the truss rod before heating the back of the neck?
See attached picture of the body in progress...