How to undo a sanded neck?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Mechayoshi, Jan 14, 2018.


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  1. Mechayoshi

    Mechayoshi

    Dec 7, 2015
    Tennessee
    I have a neck where the finish was sanded, not down to bare wood I believe, but enough. True oil might have been used on it once. How would I go about bringing it back to stock? No, I did not do the sanding.

    Is it as simple as using those lacquer spraycans, or would more sanding be required? I’m trying to avoid taking it to a shop.
     
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I suggest getting a couple of paint shop estimates to see what you would be in for.

    Do you have painting experience?
     
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  3. Mechayoshi

    Mechayoshi

    Dec 7, 2015
    Tennessee
    Maybe I should just apply more tru oil? That sounds cheaper and I can trust myself to do that. Its smooth enough, but I don’t like the color difference and I’m concerned about the stability. As long as it isn’t bare wood, it should be fine, right?
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    what's the instrument?

    if it's a modern poly-type finish and it really wasn't sanded through to the wood, you might be able to just polish it back to glossy again, with finer and finer grit sandpaper and finishing with a buffer or with polishing compound.
     
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  5. I took a neck down to bare wood in the late 80's, rubbed boiled linseed oil into over the course of six months, and haven't really done much to is since then. It's stayed stable over the years, and I've only had to tweak the truss rod a handful of times.

    I'd think the tru oil application would be enough to keep it in good shape.
     
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  6. Mechayoshi

    Mechayoshi

    Dec 7, 2015
    Tennessee
    I’ll see about the polishing idea at the shop tomorrow. Thanks.
     
  7. On violin necks often the surface is french polished with linseed oil and shellac.
     
  8. Badwater

    Badwater

    Jan 12, 2017

    EXACTLY: trying to refinish a neck or solid body instrument is very difficult unless one has experience with finishing. Also consider a lot of buffing and compound to get it right. Thus, it will all depend on ones standard. If a sanded neck is a problem, a crappy finish job will be even more of a problem.
     
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  9. I am in the car paint business for 16-17 years now. I can tell you with certainty that it wouldn't be a big deal for a paint shop to spray 2 layers of varnish on your neck. Trying to polish it yourself could go bad in many ways since you can't know how deep the surface was sanded. See some specialists; be it luthiers, furniture restorators or car painters and get price quotes and advices.
     
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  10. Mechayoshi

    Mechayoshi

    Dec 7, 2015
    Tennessee
    Update: the tech just used steel wool and now it has a slight shine to it. I'm satisfied since it no longer looks sanded and the feel is fine. Since this was easily done I'm gonna assume it wasn't bare wood after all, right?
     
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  11. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    that sounds right.
     
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  12. With enough playing the necks will gloss back up. I have a 2011 Jazz I’ve taken steel wool to a couple of times, only to have only to have it go glossy again with normal play over a span of six months or so.
     
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  13. Mechayoshi

    Mechayoshi

    Dec 7, 2015
    Tennessee
    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  14. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar... Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Chicago
    I have a parts bass that I bought a sanded neck for.

    As a complete newbie when it comes to sanded necks, what's the downside? I'm guessing dirt, moisture, etc. getting into the wood and causing it harm?
     
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