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Removing sunburst paint finish

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by lovethegrowl, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    I might purchase an SX fretless jazz bass w/a maple neck & alder body that's painted sunburst. I HATE sunburst! I would like to strip the paint & possibly have the body stained walnut, if Adler can lend itself to being stained medium brown. (Mid-70s I had a precision bass that was walnut, had a black pickguard & maple neck. Best color combo ever!)

    How do you remove guitar paint & clear coat?
  2. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Lot's of sandpaper and elbow grease. I would start off with 80 grit and finish up with 220. Don't skip the grits in between.
  3. Or a good paint remover/stripper and some 220 way faster amd less dusty imo
  4. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I'd start with a chemical stripper to get off as much as you can, then switch to 80-grit discs on an orbital sander to get down to bare wood. I'd personally take the wood up to 320 grit (80, 150, 220, 320) after sanding, before staining/dying.
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would probably use the heat gun method.
  6. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    I once painted a rusty blades of an old art-deco fan. Later I decided to sell the fan back to the antique store where I bought it, so I tried stripping the paint with paint remover purchased @ Cas-Quest. The paint just got gummy & I couldn't get much off. I ultimately had to repaint it the same color.

    Is there a type of stripper recommended for guitar paint & clear coating?
  7. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I like citristrip, because it won't kill you or help you grow awesome tumors. Other people like aircraft paint stripper because it's quick, but I don't use it because I don't like to die.
  8. Oo my fav the black can with the skull :eek: prob be ok for one body but I agree w you for long term use that stuff will fry your nose hair
  9. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl Banned

    Oct 30, 2013
    So that heavy duty stuff will kill me.....promises, promises!