I'm starting a thread here to accompany this refurbishment project that I have just started. I plan to post updates as the project progresses. Here is the story so far: A while back, some of you may recall, I was asking about paint stripper which didn't damage plastic. Well, the reason was that I had bought a sad and neglected old 60s Klira. It is a German made beat-era guitar. They originally had a vinyl/tolex-style covering with a nice white binding. This one was originally in red. At some point, an owner had decided that he instead wanted a black guitar. So he liberally covered the guitar in black paint. Later he decided he'd try out blue. Then finally he must have missed the original colour, so slapped another layer of red paint on the top. I wanted to strip all the paint off, but was aware that normal paint stripper would just eat straight through the vinyl covering. So, after a bit of net research, I came across a paint stripper designed for boats which have plastic-based hulls, called 'Marine Strip'. Last weekend, I spent a day and a bit stripping the multiple layers of paint off. It took many applications of the stripper, but finally I got it all off, and the vinyl covering was as good as new underneath! Next step is to attack the neck. The frets had been very badly replaced with a lot of damage to the fret board and dried glue everywhere, so I've pulled them all out and plan to sand it down and then try my first refret job. I'm not sure what effect sanding will have on the dot inlays, but I guess time will tell! Fortunately I paid next to nothing for this guitar, so if the end result is destined for the trash, there will be nothing lost, just refurbishing experience gained. I will post the results as I go along. For now, here are some pics of the first step.