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Safest way to remove old finish?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by davesisk, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. davesisk


    Aug 30, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Hey folks:

    I recently acquired an old Hohner Jack V 5-string headless bass. It's black and a little dinged up, so I'm thinking about removing most of the black finish and giving it a natural wood finish. I did use the search function and I've also read some of the info at ReRanch.com. I have two quick questions:

    1) I'm thinking that sanding is going to be the safest way to remove the black paint and finish. I don't care if it takes longer, since I'm only doing one bass. Does anyone agree or disagree?

    2) I could see leaving some of the black finish, perhaps on the neck. Can I mix new and old finish, or am I asking for problems here? It's a neck-through design, so I can't simply take the neck off! Would it be a better choice to remove all the finish and start completely from scratch?

    Here's some pics...look at the 3 starting with "HohnerJack":


    Thanks and best regards,