SX Essex Rondo Neck: Immune to Citristrip?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by selowitch, May 15, 2019.

  1. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I have this lovely Rondo medium-scale bass neck and I was hoping to take the nuclear-orange vintage tint off of it using Citristrip, but it seems to be resistant even though I brushed it on very thick.

    Are some of the Rondo necks like that? Should I try something different instead?
  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    We never had much luck with that stuff. Try this:

    Paint & Urethane Stripper (Soy Gel) It has gotten lots of use around here.

    Not sure what your bass' neck finish is, though, so it may not be any more effective. What kind of finish is on it? Have you tried sanding the finish down?
  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    Poly finishes are resistant to most chemical strippers. I use a heat gun to strip poly from bodies, but I wouldn't use it on a neck - the heat can do some damage to the bond between neck and fretboard, can melt binding and fretboard dots.
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  4. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    You're pretty much stuck with sanding off the finish on those Rondo Necks, the pearl block necks have a more natural color.
  5. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I could have sworn I heard from fellow TBers who have successfully stripped the orange coating off of a Rondo SX neck. Perhaps it only works on some of their necks and not others?
  6. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Any success you heard of probably involved that nasty aircraft stripper stuff
  7. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I wasn’t imagining things: Here is the thread from which I got the idea of applying Citristrip to de-orangify a Rondo neck.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Well, although it may be heresy to suggest it, I suspect that occasionally members here post things that others may be unable to replicate.

    Formulas change, etc. You might have to go for the gloves, plenty of ventilation and Nuclear Waste brand paint stripper.
  9. Rondo necks have a urethane finish on them so the old nasty aircraft stripper may be the only thing that works. Be aware that it may damage the dots, blocks or binding and use heavy rubber gloves and an extremely well ventilated area. If you get it on your skin drop what you're doing and wash it off, it'll burn!