stripping using heat gun

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brab900, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. brab900

    brab900 Guest

    Aug 20, 2008
    first off i wasnt sure whether this should go here or luthiers corner so sorry if its in the wrong place but here goes

    so i have an old jim deacon jazz laying around and i was gonna have a go at refinishing it but getting the existing finish off is gonna be a pain

    so i was thinking id have a go with a heat gun as im guessing its gonna be the easiest to get all the paint and stuff off in one go using a putty knife or something along those lines

    my question is how powerful does the heat gun need to be, i saw these on ebay|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318

    and was wondering if it would do the job, i really dont wanna spend too much on a heat gun as im only gonna be using it to strip this bass

    i'd love to hear any alternative ideas/inputs aswell

    **EDIT** Also dont get me wrong this isnt going to be anything like a pro refinish, its just gonna be an old banger and just a way for me to learn more about bass set up/modding/swapping parts etc..
  2. tc99


    Mar 25, 2005
    Long Island
    You can use acetone to remove the finish from a bass. Acetone is found in nail polish remover.
  3. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 Guest

    Jun 17, 2004
    there's a few threads on this in the luthiers corner. Apparently it's a pretty laborious job. Get some scrap wood and practice your finishing on that first. No point having to remove a finish more than once.
  4. EddieG


    Jan 19, 2005
    Hah! Don't do it. I tried it on an old beater bass I used to have. Jim Deacon and basses of that price range use very scrappy wood for their bodies, and the one I tried it on quickly cracked (not along the glue joint), and then began to delaminate. It was only fit for the bin after that.
  5. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Just get a sanding block out and have at it... time and elbow grease ends up being the most controllable avenue.