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Citristrip vs. Essex Vintage Neck Tint

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by stingray69, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Just wanted to share a simple mod for SX owners who (like me) find the Vintage Tint a bit too orange & fugly in general. :D

    IMPORTANT PROJECT NOTE: Apparently, Citristrip can temporarily soften and/or damage a plastic nut if left on long enough. There is some risk involved in regards to the plastic nut. I would urge anyone considering this project to try to avoid getting the Citristrip on the plastic nut for long periods of time. If you do get Citristrip on the nut, wipe it off as much as possible with Q-tips, rag, etc. In general, it would be best to avoid stringing up your instrument until a couple of hours or more after you have finished with the Citristrip to allow the nut firm up to its original hardness if you do happen to get some on the nut for an extended period of time. Even better, have a replacement nut on hand before starting the project - just in case. Thanks to Ivarrr & BloozBass for discovering & sharing what I have yet to see identified in similar Citristrip projects on TB - good job guys!

    I forgot to take a "before" picture, but the bass (SJB-57) started out looking like this:


    Tools for the job (32oz Citristrip, scraper, paint brush, #0000 steel wool or Scotch Brite pads):

    The tingle means it's working. :D


    What's this hiding under the evil pumpkin tint?


    Chillin' after Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol wipe down:


    Closer look - sweet: :D


    Mmmmmm - Maple: :)

  2. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Notes/Tips for the project:

    1. Use a hard PLASTIC or other non-scratching material for your scraper (I happened to use a putty knife wrapped with duct tape). An old toothbrush is very handy for cleanup around the frets. A couple of Q-tips gets the left over Citristrip out of the truss rod access hole quite nicely.
    2. Don't be shy with the Citristrip - slather it on, standing collections of it work even better. Let this stuff work for you, so you don't have to (unless you really dig spending your afternoon scraping, scraping, & more scraping). After about an hour or 1-1/2 hours, the orange tint just scrapes off like nothing. Hardly any difficult scraping involved if Citristrip was used liberally, as mentioned.
    3. Rubbing alcohol helps clean up the tiny little bits of "pumpkin peel" between applications that may be clinging to the neck. In my case, 3 applications were required. In retrospect, I could have gotten complete results in 2 applications, but on the first application of the Citristrip, I "brushed" on a thin layer, rather than really slathering the neck.
    4. The directions say to use a metal container to pour this stuff into, but I found the product to have a consistency similar to Elmer's Wood Glue, maybe a bit thicker. I could easily pour it right onto the paint brush with no fear of spilling. This stuff is thick, but that helps it to adhere to vertical sides like the neck heel area and the curves under & around the headstock.
    5. This is a great product, very safe for indoor use if necessary. I managed to get this stuff on my hands several times for about 15-20min at a time before washing up. No burning, redness or any adverse reaction to it (YMMV).
    6. Even with liberal application, I only used 1/4 of the Citristrip - IMO, you could do 3 and "maybe" 4 necks using the 32oz size.
    7. Plan on 3-4 hours for the project.
  3. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    CitrusStrip is fantastic. I have a 5-string neck on the way to me that will get a full stripping, then slight retint and clear coat.
  4. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    Take THAT SX.
  5. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    oh wow i like it

    I have a rose wood board do you think if i strip the orange off it will iy matter if citrus strip gets on the rosewood?]

    BTW where did you get the strip home depot?
  6. Woah! That really turned out great. I'm not usually one for the 'black/white/maple" look (normally prefer pearl pickguard), but that fresh creamy fretboard just looks great!
  7. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Great job!
  8. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Thanks, on rosewood I'd probably play it safe and tape off the fretboard surface. Found the Citristrip at Walmart.

    Thank You - I'm not finished with mods, the pg is next. :cool:
    Thank You. I like it much better now too. :D
  9. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    In your FACE! LOL! Thanks! :)
  10. ... and no problems with fret sprout or melting the nut?
  11. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Nope - was worried about it though. I ran my hands down the neck checking for exactly that. Still smooth - no fret sprout. Nut is perfectly fine as well and it was slathered in the stuff. The SX logo & decals are in perfect shape as well. :cool:
  12. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009

    Oh cool i'll tape mine off, thanks for replying:cool:
  13. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    It was my first experience with Citristrip, and I love this stuff. Great product indeed. I understand it's not the most powerful stuff out there, but perfect for this sort of thing. Safe for indoors too for general paint removal types of projects. I'd be hesitant to recommend it as a solution for someone hoping to strip a bass body of its paint/finish - I think you'd require sanding or something much more aggressive chemical-wise for that sort of thing.

    While I was at it, I used fine sandpaper & #0000 steel wool to sand down the back of the neck a bit, finished up with a couple light coats of Tru-Oil. It's a great feeling neck at this point. :cool:

    By the way, this stuff is lacking the chemical (methylene chloride) that causes most paint strippers & removers to sear your sinuses & burn your eyes. This stuff smells like oranges. :)
  14. mkrtu9


    Mar 2, 2006
    I'm with ya. I hate that orange tint. I already have some citristrip and I will be doing mine tomorrow. Thanks.
  15. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Cool - hope some of this is useful. :bassist:

  16. Wow! Good to know! :bassist:
  17. Nice figuring in that fretboard, how's the back look? I've come across several sx necks with nice figuring in the back, but never the fretboard.
  18. Mazatleco17


    Mar 27, 2008
    Nice, I hate the tint on my shortscale.
  19. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Both my other SX jazz basses have nice figuring (a little more sparse, but interesting). This one by far is the best looking figuring I've had in an SX bass. At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging, it's one of the best looking flame maple necks I've owned from any manufacturer. I kept looking at it under the tint thinking wow, what a crime to cover it in orange like that! LOL! The back is semi-figured, nothing really to write home about so to speak, but still nice back there too. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

    Found a couple close ups I posted in another thread regarding nut filing. It shows some of the grain on one of my other 2 SX SJB-75's. These both have about the same figuring, but with really beautiful amber-colored streaks throughout the fretboard.
    100_1322. [/QUOTE]

    A little time & some Citristrip will fix ya right up...:bassist:
  20. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    I like it better tinted.:rollno:

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