I can't stand anymore my new olimpic white strat's relic... please help me!

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  1. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks bad because the way the poly chips. Looks like chipped crackers.

    I would have it refinished in natural, just a transparent coat of sealer or something.

    The way it is now screams of "rich person without any sense".
     
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    I, too, have seen a lot worse. Probably all of us have. I wouldn't hesitate to play it. I wouldn't have done it, but I would still play it. At least he didn't go overboard on the number of areas he chose to remove finish from.

    I'd probably try and feather down the edges of the poly/finish where he removed everything. Stripping and refinishing is time consuming, sometimes a bit difficult to get perfect, or expensive. Easier to just buy a pre-finished body if you care that much. I wouldn't, though.
     
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    I'm with ChrisD. I've seen a lot worse. Play as-is, or as others have stated, sand it down to where it's paintable. It could be a fun project as long as you have some patience. Good luck and let us know how it works out.
     
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    Or good..lol
     
  5. nickmsmith

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    I have a friend who was homeless in California in the 90s, with his Strat plus... his strat looks much less mangled. barely uglied up at all.

    Relics are cool if they actually look like 50s-70s guitars. On a 90s-2000s american standard, not as much.
     
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    Yep definitely a complete refinish . I don’t get these self relic jobs , go find a $150 guitar and experiment on that if you have to. And I’d go Lake Placid Blue.
     
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    Yep, I have only F'd up Squier bullets. Because who cares?
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    You could strip it and repaint it with rattle can spray paint and clear coat and it would look 100% better than it does now. It wont cost much in materials but if you do it right (visit youtube for the how to vids) you'll be without it for a few weeks.
     
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    Exactly
     
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  10. ToneRanger

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    Not the worst I've seen, but it definitely has that poly, chipped eggshell look to it.
    If you want to refinish I would remove the neck and hardware and use a heat gun on it - the poly will pop right off.
    Otherwise try and sand down the sharp spots to make it comfortable.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Take the hardware off and sand the chipped edges to blend from the bare wood to the paint. Then use 800 grit paper and sand the entire body to a smooth satin feel. Now when you play the guitar it will feel like well worn in favorite jeans.

    Ease the fretboard radii and smooth fret ends. Any other sharp metal ends give the corners some smoothing.

    Give/get a very good setup so it plays like a custom shop guitar.

    Many of those guitars had a problem with chipping paint if they were damaged then a whole area might lift. Get some "thin CA" adhesive and let it wick under the finish if you find any loose sections.

    To over spray you'll need to sand those chipped areas anyway.

    Most people only remove all the finish off one guitar and then never do it again because of the effort and mess. Approach a full refin cautiously.

    Continue to properly relic the guitar and you'll become a fan of relics. They are about the feel and the freedom to dig in an pull out the best music you've ever played.

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    Start sanding out the rough poly edges yourself and see if you can clean it up a bit. It'll be like an art project. If it sounds good you'll get use to it. It ain't pink sparkle or something horrid. I agree with Lonn. "I'd play that."
     
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    It looks like what it is, a botched relic job.

    if it were mine I’d have that body stripped and sealed by the weekend & ready for color coats. A can or two of Duplicolor, 2 cans of minwax lacquer, some sandpaper and bufffing gear and you’ll come out of this miles ahead.
     
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    Yikes - I’ve seen a lot worse but as many others have asked, why would someone do this to a perfectly good guitar (especially in a classic color)? I’d try to tough it out (it’s not the worst looking self-relic job that I’ve seen), but if you can’t live with it, sand it down and start over maybe?
     
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    It's not that bad, IMO. Before doing anything drastic or expensive, I'd try some of the tips above about smoothing out the edges in the arm area.

    I'd consider spraying a light, white undercoat in the arm wear area where the bare wood is showing and redo the amount of down to wood wear. If you are going to strip it down, what's the harm in trying a few things?

    I have no experience doing relics. My 1991 Plus body somehow doesn't have a single chip or noticeable scratch. It doesn't mean I'm opposed to relics, even extreme ones. I'd take a Black One or Rory any day!
     
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    Since it’s already ruined...

    I would disassemble and then strip it with a chemical stripper.
    Sand, Fill, etc.
    Repaint it

    Scour the internet for repainting methods.
    Here is part 1 of 4


    AND,
    The bonus here is that you get to pick a custom color :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    I agree, it’s not that bad, not a total disaster by any stretch, I’d just play it.
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    It's great if you like it.
     
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    I used to get bummed out if my guitars had a ding or a scratch, but now I just attribute it to "character". What the previous owner did is plain stupid". You might consider grabbing some sandpaper and smoothing out the rough edges. it will make it look more road worn.
     
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    Surprisingly, I agree it's not too bad. I expected way worse.

    You could try to paint all the bare areas with different colour, dark blue perhaps or red, carefully following the edges of the white poly.