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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by AlbertLotito, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. AlbertLotito

    AlbertLotito

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    Hi All,
    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.
    SO: :confused: my questions:
    1. Will heating the neck adversely effect the glue holding down the fingerboard?
    2. Should I loosen the truss rod before heating the back of the neck?
    See attached picture of the body in progress...
    [​IMG]

    Thanks,
    Digitronically yours,
    Albert
  2. pfox14

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    Yes, the heat gun could cause the glue to loosen on the neck, especially when you're heating the area close to the fingerboard. Not really necessary to loosen the truss rod. I would use sandpaper and good old fashion elbow grease on the neck.
  3. AlbertLotito

    AlbertLotito

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    Thanks. I just worry about changing the profile of the neck.
    I guess it comes down to being patient.
    I will update as I go along...
  4. AlbertLotito

    AlbertLotito

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    wow,
    the poly finish is some tough stuff... but i took a 50 grit sanding belt out of the belt sander and am showing the poly who's boss!
    some tough stuff but no match...

    The 50 grit will leave a lot of finish sanding but it will make the bass all that much more beautiful.

    agl
  5. JustForSport

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    Go easy with that 50 grit- might want to leave it half loaded, also.
  6. AlbertLotito

    AlbertLotito

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    Yeah... Just taking my time. The body is starting to come together. I just put a coat of stain on it. It looks outstanding. I am going to tackle the neck on sunday...
    See here

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