Refinishing A MIJ Jazz.. to sand or not to sand...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by flea claypool, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. flea claypool

    flea claypool Guest

    Jun 27, 2004
    So decided im gonna sand or heat gun the mij i picked up recently.. the ol fella said i should just give it a light sand as to "give it teeth" and just paint over that.. i thought it may be a better idea sanding back to bare wood filling and priming.. but if theres a better way.. i will be using 2 pack car paint too if thats any use :confused:
  2. the old fella is right, unless you are going for a transparent look, which I don't think you are since you are using car paint, there is no need to sand to bare wood, because you will just be removing the good priming and leveling job already done for you. Sand down a bit with 320, clean dust with lint free and mineral spirits, let dry and start painting
  3. flea claypool

    flea claypool Guest

    Jun 27, 2004
    Cheers Joeyl :)

    one question it has a few small dings which id like to level out.. would epoxy filler do the job?? its a 93 after all :)
  4. I think epoxy would work just fine, make sure to scuff and clean the dings before applying epoxy.
  5. ProfGumby

    ProfGumby Guest

    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.
    Resurrecting another thread!

    Joeyl, thanks! Your's is the first post I found that answered my question directly! I am getting kinda bored with the natural finish on my Squier VM, and may be buying another for a project that definately will involve a refin.

    I had considered a good sanding down to a fine grit and then re topcoat with a color and then some clear, then a good polishing.

    Do you recommend any specific paint to go over poly? I have read here that Krylon is a good alternative to other paints. I need a metallic red and a good glossy black. Well, maybe the red....