Refinishing at home ?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by David-Adler, Jun 4, 2001.

  1. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    Hey !

    I´ve got a question regarding the re-finish of a bass. If I have a High-Gloss Sunburst Finish, and want it to change to black (Satin or High-Gloss), will I have to remove the finish, or will it be enough to simply overpaint it with black ?

    And what kind of sprays would you recommend ?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    Sorry, this isn't a reply, I was just about to post a very similar question. I have a Yamaha Plastibass (BBG4S) with a plastic-y looking finish. I'm just wondering how to get it off so that I can stain the body red and tung oil it.

  3. Tristan,
    It would be a lot easier to clean the existing finish and re-spray the Black.
    The only negative thing is, if you chip the black finish, you might see the sunburst underneath.
    This may be a turnoff for some.

    Not familiar with your bass.
    These recommendations are for wooden instruments.
    There are 2 quick methods of removing the finish.
    1) Sand it off with sandpaper, 80/180/240.
    (You must seal with a sanding type sealer followed by sanding with finer grits, i.e. 320/400).
    The more coarse grit first followed by smoother grits, taking special care to remove the prior grits scratches.
    2) Paint remover, messy and dangerous. You must protect your skin and eyes.
    The latter may be best if your not skilled on sanding a wooden body.