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Re: sandblasting a guitar finish
12/6/2005 11:48 PM
James Walczak (4510) wrote:
First and foremost, -please- put the sandblaster down and step away from the guitar. As Wilfred already mentioned the density of wood varys in a guitar body and if you try to sand blast I doubt you'd ever get the body properly sanded for a decent finish afterwards. Sanding is an art form when it comes to any kind of woodworking and one that is well worth learning.
Now not to debate Wilfred, but just from my own expereince, I would recommend against using the paint strippers. They're caustic and -very- messy and at least as far as the brand I used (sorry forget the name...Valspar maybe?) it didn't even work all that well.
If your planning to refinish with a "block" color and not a sundburst or stain, then I would go with Wilfred's suggestion of just roughing in the existing finish, filling any dents or deep scratches and using that as your base coat. If you are going for a complete refinish, then as much work as it is, I would just go with simple sanding, course grit sandpaper until your down to the bare wood and good old fasion elbow grease.
When it comes to a decent guitar finish, I've probably tried every "short cut" in the book and I can tell you first hand that most of them don't work. Time, patience and sanding...lots of sanding...an inherent love of sanding...a passion for sanding...did I mention there was sanding involved? It's not "hard" persay, but it is quite time consuming and requires a lot of work. Oh, yea...there's a lot of sanding too.