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Re: Removing finish from neck

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Posted by Gary Upton ( on March 30, 2002 at 23:06:33:

In Reply to: Removing finish from neck posted by Scott on March 28, 2002 at 16:16:02:

: I have a new Romainian plywood bass and would like to remove the finish from the back of the neck(too sticky). Does anyone have some advice for me regarding this process? Does the wood need to be sealed after the finish is removed?

I suggest bringing you bass to your luthier, if that's not possible:

A scraper with a burnished edge will remove most of the finish. Take care not to remove any of the neck mass. Rough-trim out the feathered sections with a hot blade. Once the larger amount of the finish is removed use an abrasive to bring the neck down to a smooth clean finish.(sand paper and fine steel wool work best, try the 3m pads Bob suggested etc..) I apply a Potassium Dichromate solution to draw out the figure in the wood at this stage. Then your top coat; an OTC such as the MinWax will work. The "top coat" can be applied in multiple coats with buffing between each. Keep them very thin and rub them out well. Feel free to ask me any questions.

Gary Upton

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