Squier VM Lake Placid Blue Refin!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by reverb508, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. reverb508

    reverb508 Guest

    Jan 6, 2008
    Hey guys, just thought I'd share my experience of my first attempt at a refin. I bought this Squier VM 70's bass a few years ago.


    Last month, I decided to try my hand at refinishing. After a failed attempt to strip the finish using Aircraft remover, I had to step up to a heat gun. To all thinking of attempting to strip bass painted in poly: you've got your work cut out for you.


    Finally making some progress.


    Look at that nasty stuff!


    Finally, when the bass was stripped, I had to go back and fill all the dings and dents I made whilst hacking away at that poly with wood filler. After 2 coats of primer, I was ready to give it a color coat. I bought 2 cans of Reranch Lake Placid Blue and got to work.


    While I was at it, I decided to give the bass a matching headstock.


    Finally, after 5 or 6 coats of Reranch Clear, I installed a new tortoise shell pick guard from Warmoth, neck pickup and bridge ashtray covers and an Audere preamp. Here's the finished product.


    There's definitely some flaws in the finish, but I'm pretty happy with the results. What do you guys think?
  2. That is sweet man props for doing it your self
  3. Wannaflea

    Wannaflea Guest

    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    More pics please, looks HOT! Good job man
  4. jwj1701


    Nov 17, 2011
    Lexington KY
    Excellent job dude. Blue is my favorite color. Very nice.
  5. Sifl


    May 14, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    So awesome! I recently refinished my VM P and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Takes some time and a ton of patience, but totally worth it!


    Do have any more pics of the headstock and neck? I want to paint the headstock on a neck with a maple fret board, too.
  6. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Noice! Luvs me some LPB!

    Good job!
  7. Damn! I like that.
  8. Looks great dude.
  9. Very cool. Love the pickup covers.
  10. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    Way better. Good job.
  11. reverb508

    reverb508 Guest

    Jan 6, 2008
    @Sifl Here's a shot of the matching headstock with all of the hardware on.

  12. reverb508

    reverb508 Guest

    Jan 6, 2008
    Thanks for the compliments guys! I'll try to get some more pictures up tomorrow.
  13. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Dude! You did that with CANS??? That is totally awesome!!!!

    Very very appealing bass you have there.
  14. blendermassacre

    blendermassacre Supporting Member

    May 28, 2009
    kansas city, mo
    Super sweet, especially with that blocked / bound neck.

    Just FYI, next time, you don't have to take off the poly coat, just the clear. You obviously CAN take the poly off, but there's no real need to. Sand off the clear, a pair of primer coats, and you're good to go.
  15. reverb508

    reverb508 Guest

    Jan 6, 2008
    Thanks! Yea, if I had to do it again, I would have just roughed up the old finish with sandpaper and painted over it. At the time, I wanted to go down to the bare wood and just go with a pure nitro finish. I definitely made it a lot harder on myself, but it was fun. Never again, though... never again. haha

    MIMJAZZ Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    2 coats of primer, 6 coats of clear, but how many of the actual color coats did you use? I really want to do a refin, but I'm getting hesitant. Would you say it's an easier project with all the reranch stuff?
  17. reverb508

    reverb508 Guest

    Jan 6, 2008
    I believe I did 3 coats of color. The first was really light to build a good foundation, then I went a bit heavier to build up the color. Reranch has a great guide on their site. I didn't run into any problems using the Reranch cans. I guess you can get over zealous and get a run, but even then, you just sand it out and apply another coat. It's pretty forgiving.
  18. blendermassacre

    blendermassacre Supporting Member

    May 28, 2009
    kansas city, mo
    been there. never again. haha.
  19. 1SHOT1HIT

    1SHOT1HIT Guest

    Feb 17, 2012
    Looks excellent.

    I'm not sure how much experience you have with painting, but know that there are many people out there that just would not have been able to pull it off w/o major flaws.

    Spray can painting is a fairly simple art as long as patience and common sense are used.
    I think it looks awesome and would be my color of choice had it not been for my current obsession with the 50's & early 60's pastel colors IE; Shell Pink, Sea Foam Green, Surf Green ect.
    I plan to do my Squire in Sea Foam with a custom graphic in the paint.

    Pat yourself on the back you did an awesome job I look forward to seeing more pics soon.
  20. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    You may have had an easier time using that orange paint stripper stuff. It's a bit pricey but it cuts through anything...for your next re-fin.

    Like the finished project however. Nice look.