Jeffrey Armbruster wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:07 am
Tom Wimsatt wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:46 am
OMG. I'm getting cold feet regarding my proposed Tak refinish. I was assuming that a good paint stripper would remove the finish. I may take a look at alkali-fortified strippers (I read they're more effective on lacquer, polyester coatings). However, I'm starting to feel I may be biting off more than I can chew.
I have no luthier skills whatsoever, or woodworking skills or any such thing. I can't strip cellophane off a pack of cigarettes! (now that's an ancient metaphor!) Don't listen to me, I have no experience with this. But pcstjohns account does suggest that this is a hefty project.
The finish on my Takemine has kept this pretty old instrument looking near pristine and glossy for decades. If you could simply wipe it off and apply French polish I'd have it done by a local luthier. But it looks more difficult than that.
No worries. I take in all the info I can when thinking about trying something new. I think I'll first see what types of stripper are available where I live. If I can get an alkali-fortified, methylene chloride stripper, I'll try it on my old bridge (it has a very thick coat of polyester) and see what I'm getting myself into. If that doesn't work, I'll forget this and leave well enough alone.
The scraper idea mentioned above is a great idea, I even considered simply hand sanding it off. Scrapers are far more efficient way to go, provided I can properly sharpen them (I've had hit and miss results in the past). However, but I may decide to forget it. I really don't have a problem with the guitar as it stands.