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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Refin of a swamp ash body

littleuch
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Mar 3rd, 2019 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pure flight of fancy, but if I have an ash body finished in sunburst with a degree of natural wear and relic'ing, what would be best approach to refin with a solid or metallic nitro (rattle can)? I assume the idea of "filling" the grain is already facilitated, correctamundo? It seems the biggest challenge would be getting it sanded smooth enough to not show the bumps and bruises of the previous finish.

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Mar 3rd, 2019 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

What is the existing finish?

Poly? Nitro?


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Mar 3rd, 2019 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Assuming the current finish is not nitro...

Remove all the hardware from the body and use napotha or mineral spirits and clean rags to clean it well.

Next, scuff the entire thing with a Scotchbrite pad; the idea here is just so scuff it--not remove the finish. Just knock any gloss down.

Use a poly epoxy filler (Bondo, etc.) to fill all dings, dents, and scratches.

Block sand all fill repairs with 320-grit. Work very cleanly here; try very hard to not sand through the existing finish.

Spray several coats of aerosol shellac. White-pigmented shellac is a great primer for color coats to follow.

Sand the shellac smooth with 400-grit paper, and then use a shop-vac with a brush to suck all the sanding dust off.

Follow that with the color coats of your choice.

littleuch
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Mar 3rd, 2019 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Finish is nitro

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Mar 3rd, 2019 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

If there are any damaged (softened) areas of nitro, you have to scrape all the soft stuff off and fill the divots before priming/painting.

Sometimes the nitro finish is softened a bit and sticky where the forearm rests while playing. Same goes for any damage caused by solvent reaction to contact with plastic/rubber (e.g., a guitar stand).

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Mar 4th, 2019 04:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. I have a 3 tsb ash Strat body from MJT in various stages of relic, toying with the idea of a Sherwood green finish. Some of the edges have sizeable sections where the brown has flaked away revealing yellow. This could be more ambitious than I'm willing to undertake.

Anyone ever buy finishing product from Gracey's? They seem to be an alternative to ReRanch, who seemed to be "closed for restocking" every time I go to their site.

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