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To sand the headstock or not to sand the headstock

 
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fizzoftheburn



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:28 pm    Post subject: To sand the headstock or not to sand the headstock Reply with quote

So I bought a 2004 American Standard neck on ebay for a project relic strat. The previous own sanded the satin poly finish off the back of the neck, but left the front and back of the headstock untouched. I'm going to stain the back of the neck, and then amber tint/nitro clear coat the headstock, and the heel of the neck.

I really want to preserve the fender decal, and serial number. Is it necessary for me sand down the headstock and heel for the amber tint to take? I kinda assume yes. But need guidance from a seasoned veteran


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scuff it with steel wool to give the new coats something to grab hold of. Just enough to knock the shine off, no further. Be sure to blow it off because there will be little threads of steel wool left in places you'd never expect.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice!!

Can I ask you how you got the finish on the back of the neck of that paisley tele that you posted in the Relic Q&A post? Was it a steel wool/vinegar mixture??
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fizzoftheburn wrote:
Thanks for the advice!!

Can I ask you how you got the finish on the back of the neck of that paisley tele that you posted in the Relic Q&A post? Was it a steel wool/vinegar mixture??

No, it was a mixture of trial and fail. Laughing

This one is going to be much better, a mixture of ground up pencil lead applied with my fingers on the back and a Q-tip on the front, RR Neck Amber, various grits and sizes of sandpaper, many coats of Tru-Oil, and lots of sweat and worry.

It looks better now, but this was early in the process:



After this one I think I can reproduce it with a lot less stress.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YEAH!! That looks great!! Good job!

Any pointers on getting headstock/neck dings stand out a bit better?
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fizzoftheburn wrote:
YEAH!! That looks great!! Good job!

Any pointers on getting headstock/neck dings stand out a bit better?

Dirt.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well there you go.

Thank you again for the info
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