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Refinishing my project KC90 (image heavy)
« on: August 28, 2009, 04:45:57 PM »
Well tonight I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to make a start on the KC90. This is despite me seemingly already having a dozen other projects on the go.

First up I gutted it and removed the neck. I even removed the tremolo studs as they were a bit loose and appear to have been interfered with. It looked like somebody tried to put superglue round the top edge of one to try and hold it in.



I've decided to take Steve Robinsons (http://www.manchesterguitartech.co.uk/) advice on stripping the old finish, i.e. smother it in dichloromethane based paint stripper and cover it in a bin bag.




Tomorrow we'll find out if this has been at all effective. As I had some lurking in my cellar it's cost me nothing to try.

I am considering refinishing the front of the headstock as it's a little bit scruffy but I'll start with just the body.



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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 05:59:30 PM »
Hey, nice pics, it'll be good to watch this, hope it turns out the way you want.

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2009, 04:00:58 AM »
Could leaving strong chemicals on it for that long affect the look of the wood (structurally, especially if it's a more than one piece body, and cosmetically)???
 

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2009, 04:11:19 AM »
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Originally posted by the_high_number

Could leaving strong chemicals on it for that long affect the look of the wood (structurally, especially if it's a more than one piece body, and cosmetically)???



Maybe, but then it is after all just a $100 project guitar that I've no sentimental attachment to. It would be a shame to ruin it but not the end of the world.

I won't be smothering it in stripper once the bulk of the finish is off.



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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2009, 06:04:56 AM »
The paint stripper has barely touched the finish, so I've put another load on.



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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 09:29:43 AM »
With the second go the stripper has started to make an impression on the finish, especially round the controls where it is thickest...



...I've put a third coat on and will have another look in a couple of hours.



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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2009, 02:44:18 PM »
Well I've got most of the top finish off the front and started on the primer.



The two seem very different kinds of paint as the stripper acts more like I'd expect once I get to primer.

With the top coat it was kind of reacting and going crusty very quickly but softening the paint.  So it then scraped off easily.

With the primer it's staying wet much longer and making the paint bubble up so it literally falls off when you touch it. It does however take much longer for this to happen.

So far the body looks like a two piece one.



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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2009, 03:18:56 PM »
that's not going as quickly as i expected it would!!

though a lot less work than sanding!!!
 

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2009, 04:22:32 PM »
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that's not going as quickly as i expected it would!!



No it's not particularly quick but it's just a case of brushing the stuff on and then leaving it. I've been interleaving doing this with working on the EC29. I'm having a weekend of heavy guitar fettling.

I might even play one at some point. [:D]



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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2009, 06:24:06 PM »
fettling! excellent word.

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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2009, 02:06:58 AM »
it sounds rude!!
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2009, 02:36:27 PM »
The primer has beaten me, or at least my paint stripper. After many goes with it I've only got this far...



...I think I'll have to resort to sanding. But for the fact I want to try an oil finish I'd use a hot air gun.



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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2009, 05:24:28 PM »
You could just rebuild it and sell it as a unique custom-shop relic model[;)]
 

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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2009, 05:43:06 AM »
Hmmm, Im going to say it.... That last pic looks Cool.  Id be tempted to put it back together, take it to a gig and see what ppl's reactions were [:D]
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2009, 01:41:00 PM »
Well after not very long at all with a detail sander I've got a lot of the finish off the front...



...will have to keep going on the back and sides.



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