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Remove finish for vintage feel

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by 77stingray77, Jan 12, 2018.


  1. 77stingray77

    77stingray77

    Mar 27, 2017
    I have a steve Harris p neck and I want to remove the finish to make it a slicker and vintage feel

    Any tips on how i can do this
     
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Before you do that, try just scrubbing the neck with a dry used green kitchen scrubbie. You may be surprised.
     
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  3. 77stingray77

    77stingray77

    Mar 27, 2017
    Well its also on a roadworn body so i figured it would look good too if it matched
     
  4. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    It's not a good idea to leave maple with no finish at all. Even the "unfinished" ones have a sealer on it and often a polymerized oil or matt poly. Unfinished maple is reactive to airborne moisture and its stability is compromised if there is no finish.
     
  5. byacey

    byacey

    May 16, 2008
    Alberta, Canada
    On one of my basses I took some fine steel wool, 000 or 00 if I recall correctly, and just took the sheen off the neck finish without cutting through to the bare wood.
    It made all the difference for playing.
     
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I wait for my wife to break 'em in at the kitchen sink before swiping for my workbench. ScotchBrite pads work better with some embedded french toast remnants.

    This is a great way to satinize a neck without fear of removing too much material. Caveat: the neck will gloss-over with hand contact & use. Not to worry as the process can be repeated to knock-down the sheen.

    Riis
     
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  7. Makes your bass smell like breakfast to.:D A little bacon grease on the strings and you’re all set!
     
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  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Fried Spam...I'm not kidding.

    Riis
     
  9. 77stingray77

    77stingray77

    Mar 27, 2017
    So 0000 can work
     
  10. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yes but steel wool leaves fragments. It's a pain but I'd remove the neck.

    Riis
     
  11. 77stingray77

    77stingray77

    Mar 27, 2017
    Is it removing the finish or just scratching it
     
  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    It's removing the finish by scratching it if that makes sense. #0000 has a super-fine cut and will not gouge the finish if used judiciously. I've used it instead of ScotchBrite pads to minimize blems on the backside of the neck. Simple de-glossing, I'd stick with green pads.

    Riis
     
  13. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Vermont
    Tip - if you use steel wool anywhere on an electric instrument, put masking tape over the pickup poles first, then vac or blow out steel fragments before removing the tape.
     

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