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Now I Started Stripping - Several Questions - Help Appreciated!

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I just started to strip my S-series Body yesterday and I think I need some help now, because I have several questions.

First I used the chemical method and strangely now word was mentioned on the main site to leave the paint on, in the pickup cavities, only in the

sanding and heat tutorial is it mentioned to leave the paint on in the cavities, because it is a special conductive shielding paint :D :D

So, well, now that I applied the stripper everywhere, where can I get this special paint to reapply it again???

I checked stewmac, but I didn't see it.

Also, now that I have the paint off the body, it seems there is a clear layer or something still on the wood, which didn't get stripped, but in some areas is the wood shining through.

I applied more stripper, but it won't take it off.....is this normal...do I have to sand that off.....what is this.......?????

And last but not least, I lost confidence and I am frustrated (I know, barely started and I am already loosing confidence), but I am actually pretty crafty, but the way everything looks right now, I ****ed it all up by just the first step.

I thought I'm gonna have the body stripped and just the wood and the next thing would be to apply the new paint, but now I stripped the paint in the pickup cavities, where I shouldn't have (maybe somebody should update that in the chemical tutorial so others won't do the same) and then there is still this clear layer on top of it, where in some areas the wood is exposed and it looks just ****ed up and makes me wonder why I didn't simply sand it down in the first place.

Having said that, does anybody know a place in the Kansas City Area that does refinishing, maybe that's a better way to go, unless somebody can tell me, where I can get the special conductive shielding paint again and how I can get the rest off the body or what that even is....it feels like some hard plastic protective coat or is that the primer...I am so clueless.

Any help very much appreciated!

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What stripper are you using? Chemical strippers sometimes have a hard time with that thick plastic-like surfacer that companies use. I'd take the majority of that off with heat and then use the stripper as a final cleanup. As my idiotic general rule, if the stripper doesn't burn like crazy when it gets on you, it's too weak.

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You can get copper foil at a lot of craft and hobby shops, maybe cheaper than Stew Mac.

The "paint" you have left is vinyl sealer most likely. If you can leave it and use it as your primer.

What are your final finish plans? That will help determine where you should go.

I would always start at the final goal and build a plan from there for paint.

Also posting pictures makes diagnoses a lot easier.

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if its a fender do a search for fullerplast

its a sealer that fender has used for years thats supposed to be chemical resistant the info i found said that head and sanding where the only things to use on it

any way i just stripped a mim strat and i think im gonna have problems fender compesated for the thick finish so now there is gonna be a edge where the neck meets the boddy in the lower hook. and im afraid that the brigde is gonna be low. oh well live and learn. and im learing a lot here lately.

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  • 2 months later...

I think I owe you this guys as an update and as a thank you for all your help!

Ok, so that was the time when I thought it's time to call someone who knows what he is doing.

I wanted some swirl finish with a binding, or maybe just oiled. But then I already had the fretboard darkened and I know that somebody on this forum has a swirl prestige s and a 540 neck on it and I didn't wanna be a copy cat.

So I googled and was looking for shops who would do my request.....not telling you yet.....

All of them turned me down!!!!!

Funny, how the ones with the most fancy website and the most pictures, can't fill a center single coil cavity or a binding.

Definitely everybody turned me down on the binding, they say it can't be done on a thin body like the s, it's too much of a pain in the a.. and it won't look right, too many things can go wrong...blablablablaaa

I had almost given up hope, when I thought why not look for somebody local and that's when I cam across seufs repair.


Maybe not the fanciest website, but I have and wanna mention these guys and especially Dave who looked at the guitar and said.....sure, we can fill the single coil and do a binding.

I even wanted a superthin binding from the top, just like the headstock.

I opted for a black gloss finish, because I simply love black so much and it will be a nice contrast to the binding.

Here's what they did.

If you ever need help on a guitar I can highly recommend those guys, priced reasonably and very nice.[clap] [clap] [clap]

And then again (I'm sorry) every other shop (I'm not gonna say names though) turned me down for the binding!

Paint it on....use pin strip tape.....yeah right!?[shifty]

I once asked here if there ever was a plain black S with a binding and everyone said no, so now there is:





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