Great, another project...

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by daan, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Yeah, so... trying to just fill the finish damage wasn’t working. The more I messed with it, the worse it looked :( I got it nice and flat, but there were dark blotches from the glue, and white areas where the glue didn’t “wick” under the chipped finish. So, I’m goin’ nuclear on this thing!



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    This is actually stripping WAY easier than the two Squier bodies I heat gunned all the black finish off of, a couple years ago. Both of those scorched REALLY easily, too-almost like I had to heat it up to the point of scorching the wood, just to get the finish off. Ugh.
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    Not a good pic, but whatever this stuff is, it’s THICK. This body isn’t scorching at all, so it SHOULD look OK when it’s done.
     
  2. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Oh yeah, I tried a couple different scrapers, metal and plastic. I read somewhere that plastic drywall mud scrapers work ok for this, but mine just melted the second I started using it :p The metal one was just too wide, and my kids did ...something with my narrow one. So I’m just using a flat bladed screwdriver, and it’s working fine!
     
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  3. rolie

    rolie Squier-Meister

    181
    Apr 12, 2019
    Southern California
    Is that a heat gun?

    I have to strip the clear coat, think I can just sand it off though. No sure if I have to remove the finish completely. I think I can give it a good sand and reprimer and paint.
     
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  4. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

    Age:
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    Nov 13, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Is that a mahogany body? I hope you got a full refund for that thing. Really nice job with the repair so far. Can't wait to see it finished!
     
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  5. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities

    Yeah, it’s a “Harbor Freight Heat Tool
    {edit: Hot Air Tool. Like me, I’m a tool that’s full of hot air:p)

    ... it’s been hanging in the same place in my garage since I last tried heat stripping a body. In 2010... :)
    It depends on what you’re trying to strip, 60-grit on an orbital sander will blow through pretty much anything fairly quickly!
     
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  6. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Yes, it’s Mahogany. And I would have settled for just some $ off, but I got a full refund. I’m ok with that, too!


     
  7. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
  8. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I did this on my garage floor, with the door (the car door, not the door into the house) open. My wife says the house stinks like burnt plastic now, and I have a bad headache. :( Ugh guys, make sure you do this outside, or at least with good ventilation! Imma go take some ibuprofens and go lay down now...
     
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  9. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Man this is getting old. The sides are harder to do than the top (duh) It’s ok though. B3E2A724-99A0-4120-8EFD-D5108A73F27B.jpeg 15D201DA-71DB-4849-A150-DC904A71607B.jpeg A44CB74B-BFC6-4F5B-AD5F-FFB278115F9F.jpeg
     
  10. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Man there was a LOT of plastic on this body!
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  11. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

    Age:
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    Nov 13, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Looking good! You got this! What kind of clear are you replacing that with?
     
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  12. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
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    Sanded with 100-grit, and wiped down with Mineral Spirits.
     
  13. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I’m seriously considering just Tru-oiling it. I just have to figure out how to grain-fill it, without the Tru-oil pulling the fill back out of the pores, like the last mahogany guitar I tried that on.
    I still have most of a quart of Garnet shellac and 2-3 quarts of clear Lacquer, so I have lots of choices.
     
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  14. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Hmm, the only really bad parts on here, are the places I “fixed” before... :(

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    After a LOT of sanding, it looks a little better.
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    Much sanding later:
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    I think the body may have been more damaged than I was willing to admit before. I still think I can make it pretty, though
     
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  15. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
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    After another round of 100, it looks even better. Once I do 220 and 400, it should look great!
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    The crack in the top may not disappear completely, but it’ll look a lot better than before (this is one round of 100-grit)
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  16. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    Europe
  17. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I’ve got the whole thing sanded to 150, it’s smooth and (mostly) gouge-free. I’ve collected all the sawdust I could to try and patch the chunk missing out of the back, I mixed it with some wood glue which should theoretically dry fairly close to clear. F4305587-B896-43F1-940A-B9D1536048ED.jpeg 95FB9802-BBAB-41BB-B6B2-758C9E58F30E.jpeg E8B29ED1-E8AA-45C8-8A01-C1F47B6BBDB1.jpeg 760DC4E4-3627-4CE5-A1D1-7C2D06080E0F.jpeg
     
  18. rolie

    rolie Squier-Meister

    181
    Apr 12, 2019
    Southern California
    wow dude, looks so much better now. You are my hero.
     
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  19. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Nov 13, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Looks great. Can't wait to see it all finished up!
     
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  20. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    Europe
    EDIT

    Sorry, wrong thread and I can't find how to erase my post.
     
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