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suggestions of how to strip an bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by untamedhellion, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. untamedhellion


    Jun 25, 2011
    I've got an bass that I want to strip and refinish...What does everybody recommend for stripping the original finish down to the bare wood ?

    sandpaper ?? aircraft stripper ? da sander ??

  2. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars


  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Couldn't help but to think of Nicole. Ya shure you really want to do that.... ?

  4. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I gotta ask why? What finish is already on there? If you're planning to paint it a solid colour, there is no need to strip it right down. If you're planning a transparent finish, then it's hard to beat a heat gun, plastic scraper and sandpaper for when you're close...
  5. untamedhellion


    Jun 25, 2011
    because it's black and I already have 4 black basses....plus it's winter and I have nothing better to do :smug:

  6. Serek_Basses

    Serek_Basses Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I have had pretty good success with Citri-strip. It's relatively safe, cheap, smells great, and works pretty fast. Leave it on for a few hours and take a scraper to it. Let it dry, and sand to finish.
  7. tiger_rich


    Nov 25, 2011
    I just finished stripping my thunderbird pro with a heat gun and scrapper. Very easy just take your time
  8. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    I did not have success with Citri-strip at all. I left it on for a day and it did not make a dent in any way. I used Kleen-strip and it worked like a charm.
  9. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    That's why I'm refinishing my bass (well, I don't have 4 black basses, but two black and a teal, soon to be a black, a blue, and a teal...)

    I started with a heatgun and a scraper, then used an electric sander to get most of the paint/lacquer off, then hand sanded the parts the electric sander wouldn't fit into. Also had to use a razor blade on a few small spots that wouldn't come off the first few tries with the paper/ heatgun & razor

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