How do I go about refinishing an old strat?

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  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Either the Strip Eze paste or Aircraft Stripper. The aircraft stripper can be purchased at a automotive paint store and stripeze can be bought at Home Depot.
     
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    Do you think Watco Paint and Poly remover would work? The closest Home Depot to me is about 3 hours away and I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for an auto paint shop.
     
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    Do you have an autozone near you? I think they sell automotive paint supplies.
     
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    We have an Advance Auto Parts, an O'Reilly and a couple of small hardware stores, but it's a little hit or miss on what the hardware stores will carry as it's mostly for farm supplies.
     
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    Chuck8436 Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, I know your pain. Your best bet would be to call ahead and ask what they have
     
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    That's what I'm thinking. Small town blues, unfortunately. It's nice to be somewhere that's not so densely populated, but when you need stuff, your safest bet is an hour and a half away :mad:
     
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    I'm getting ready to move back to my old small town from Houston. Lol. It's a tradeoff for sure, but I'd definitely much rather drive for an extended period than live here for the rest of my life!
     
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    I must not be a person then. Lol
    I normally do completely re-profile the body and/or neck in most cases though.
     
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    Poly finishes come off easily with a heat gun and a scraper...be careful not to scar the wood of course.
    A hair dryer will work in a pinch.
    After u get to bare wood you may have to grain fill, depending on the type of wood.
    After again filling and a few light coats of nitro, I sand it smooth then shoot the color coats..and then the clear.

    I actually like Watco clear gloss lacquer..its only like 7-8 bux a can and handles VERY well in my experience....but there's not a lot of product in the can, which begins to add up.
    Obviously getting away from rattle cans and using your own spray system is the best way....and DEFINITELY cheaper!!
    Those rattlecans are ridiculously expensive
     
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    This is your answer

     
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    So I was looking at the existing paint on the guitar last night and realized something very interesting... it doesn't even have a clear coat on it, it looks like it's just a glossy paint with no protection, as the paint is actually starting to peel away a tiny bit, starting at a point where there it some miniscule damage. Like I said, this is a cheapo special from Walmart/Target in the late 90s/early 2000s so I didn't expect much in the way of a professional finish.

    As far as upgrading the pots, I'm definitely going to look into that, the very first thing I want to try, however, is resoldering all of the connections and wrapping them with heat shrink, there's a lot of buzzing and cutting in and out right now that I want to try and get rid of and it sounds a lot like when you have a loose connection in a speaker that keeps tapping and tapping until it makes a solid connection for a little bit.

    Also, I'm think about using either plastic wood, or a small wood cut out to fill in a small section of the electronics cavity so that I can get a standard Fender Strat pickguard to fit onto it.
     
  12. Scott Baxendale

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    It might? It doesn’t work well if it’s too runny. It needs to be the paste type. Watco might be good? Everything can be ordered through Amazon I think?
     
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    I usually try and stay away from Amazon unless I absolutely have to, the Watco is pretty inexpensive so if it doesn't work then I can always just order from them.
     
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    I do too, but sometimes it’s the best option.