Need some (re)finish help.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rip Topaz, Jan 20, 2014.


  1. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    I'm working on refinishing one of my builds from a few years ago, and I've got a dilemma.

    When I built the bass, I used Deft nitro. That's not the problem, though.

    I'm stripping it to refinish, after reworking the whole bass, but I've hit a wall and need some advice.

    The fretboard is also nitro and needs stripping.

    Here's the problem. I need to strip the old finish from the fretboard, but I installed fiber optic side markers and any chemical stripper will melt the fibers and ruin the markers.

    What's my best bet? Can I remove the finish without removing the frets, because that again raises the issue of the fiber optics. I don't want to risk damaging the fiber optics accidentally.

    What would you guys suggest? Should I carefully paint some Citristrip between the frets?
  2. pfox14

    pfox14

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    So, the fretboard is natural with a nitro finish? Why don't you just sand off the finish?
  3. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    Trying to sand it off without defretting would be a real pain, and there's also the problem of possibly sanding through the fretboard. I routed a channel in the back of the fretboard to run the fiber optics.

    Defretting would leave more chance of breaking one of the fibers accidentally.
  4. Luthier Atlanta

    Luthier Atlanta

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    Scrap it with a razor blade, stand the blade straight up and down and utilize it like a darw scraper.
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  6. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    That was my next plan. Thanks. The razor blade is my best friend in the shop. Probably gonna be the best way.

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