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Refinishing Squier VM Thinline Tele - advice needed
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What color?
LPB
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Daphne Blue
72%
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Yellow
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Orange
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tincob



Joined: 30 May 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rcelley wrote:
why strip it at all if you are going with a solid color? Just rough it evenly with 220 and 320 and shoot primer and paints.


There are those that say by stripping off the thick poly finish as well as the thicker poly sealer, the tone would be improved.

I don't know the answer.

It sure would be easier to do what you're suggesting. Mr. Green
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Plaid Sabbath



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd probably just rough up the existing finish and paint right over it. The original finish will give you a good, level surface to paint. If you're concerned about tone issues, you could always upgrade the pickups, pots, caps, etc.

Stripping the guitar is a good learning experience, but I don't think it's necessary. Unless you have Eric Johnson-like tone issues, I doubt if you'll hear any difference in tone.
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tincob



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm definitely not a tone snob.

I'm honest enough with myself to admit that since my playing sucks, I fool around with the gears so that at least my guitars look great! Laughing

So right now, I would take this:


and turn it into this:


or this:


via a scuff (using one of those 3M sandpaper sponges) and paint over. I would mask out and spray paint the double faux bindings.
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Plaid Sabbath



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get those finishes with no problems. If that guitar was a solid body, I'd say try stripping it down. That's exactly what I did for the first 4 or 5 guitars I re-finished, but they were Strats and Tele solid bodies. For a first re-finish, I'd just go ahead with paint over the stock finish. By the way, those are pretty cool guitars. I've tried them out and the only reason I didn't purchase one was the neck...too small for my tastes, but it sounded really good. Keep us posted on the progress.
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tincob



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, considering the fact that I don't even have the guitar in hand, let's just say that I'm in the advanced planning stages. Wink

I tend to obsessively research something before I get around to anything so I have a while before I wind up even buying anything. No one's ever accused me of rushing into anything...

When I do tackle the project, I'll be sure to photograph the steps and come back here to post.

Thanks for the feedback/advice.
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