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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by yesbassist, Mar 21, 2011.
I wanna strip and repaint a bass anyone know of a good paint stripper that won't damage the wood?
Heat gun and a scraper. Very Gingerly =)
Aircraft Remover (found at most Auto stores), take a lot of it, makes a huge mess, and I'd recommend doing it outdoors.
The newer Poly finishes on basses are very tough to remove.
Strip-eze, Bix, Parks, Red Devil, Citrus strip, soy strip, Stripmaster, these are all readilly available at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, or paint suppliers(auto-interior)
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Paint stripper/remover is exactly what the name implies. It is a chemical used to remove paint and should only come in contact with paint.
With that said, leave it on the piece that you are stripping just long enough to break down the paint and you should be fine with any paint remover. If the container says it is recommended for wood thats even better.
Remove all the finish that you can with the chemical, dry it, then sand the rest off. Paint remover will chemically burn the wood surface if you're not careful, no good if you want a transparent refinish.
Haha, will do!
I heard its under new ownership actually.
I like citristrip. It is nice and slow, which I prefer, and it doesn't smell like a chemical factory.
My go to stripper is the nearest strip joint
But the go to remover, I like is called "aircraft remover"
but wear protection kiddies, it will burn on your skin (that could probably be known for the remover too, wait, what?!?!?).
I used Jasco on my SG (which I sent to have professionally refinished) with zero problems. Just follow the directions. It took quite a bit of time.
I'm kind of new to this, but I used the first brand of liquid stripper I could find, on the body, and all over the neck of my bass, and somehow stripping it made the fretboard grain even more apparent. It didn't seem to damage the wood at all.
Hey man, I've seen advertised on TV this stuff it's like a paste you put down, wait a while and scrape it off with a putty knife. And it takes the paint right off without damaging the wood. It looked really cool but I can't remember the name. Check your local hardware store.
Try wraping the body in a plastic trash bag pressed into the stripper to slow down the effect and it will penetrate better.
Also use a plastic throw away putty knife and goggles with gloves.
Just make sure to suit up well and wear long sleeves and thick rubber gloves when using it. It's pretty harsh on the skin, but works great at removing and old bass finish.