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  • The best way to strip paint?

    I've got a guitar I want to strip the paint of off and sanding fucking takes too long. Anyone know a better way?

  • #2
    Hit up 7stringking, he's an ace on this stuff

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    • #3
      I hear heat gunning the paint is what some people do
      I'd never do it because I'll probably cause a fire but what ever floats your boat I guess
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      • #4
        Go to a wholesale tool shop like Harbor Freight and get a handheld circular sander with a 4" disc for $15. You can take it off in about 10 minutes even with clearcoat. A palm sander is great for finishing if you don't want to do any hand work at all.
        Last edited by keeper006; 07-21-2009, 11:50 PM.
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        • #5
          Intreaging ... welcome keeper ~!
          Originally posted by keeper006 View Post
          Go to a wholesale tool shop like Harbor Freight and get a handheld cicular sander with a 4" disc for $15. You can take it off in about 10 minutes even with clearcoat. A palm sander is great for finishing if you don't want to do any hand work at all.
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          • #6
            Heat gun is the best method for Poly, and regular old lacquer thinner for nitro.

            Stripping off a poly finish sucks, but it cane be done with a heat gun and a speckling knife.
            Guitars: Fender Strats & Teles, Gibson R6 & 335 dot
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            • #7
              Originally posted by keeper006 View Post
              Go to a wholesale tool shop like Harbor Freight and get a handheld circular sander with a 4" disc for $15. You can take it off in about 10 minutes even with clearcoat. A palm sander is great for finishing if you don't want to do any hand work at all.
              I tried that - I spent hours sanding, ran through five pads, and still couldn't break the base finish...only stripped the gloss and color off.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by exalted View Post
                I tried that - I spent hours sanding, ran through five pads, and still couldn't break the base finish...only stripped the gloss and color off.
                That's Poly - hardest finishes ever to get off. Look up some videos on YouTube, or search around. HeatGun is your best bet.

                I just did a Mexican Fender body. It's not fun, but it comes off in big sheets, so it's not too bad.

                Never attempt this on an Epiphone semi hollow.

                Don't ask me how I know........
                Guitars: Fender Strats & Teles, Gibson R6 & 335 dot
                Amp: Two Rock Opal #63 w/ Two Rock 2x12 Cab
                Pedals: Zendrive, Keeley BD-2, Keeley mod DD4, Voodoo Tremolo

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