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I've just bought a bass which has a gloss black (polyurethane, I think) finish. What's the best way to remove the finish? I've read that stuff like Nitromors will also affect the glue joins and the wood itself (It's multi laminate wenge/bubinga neck through). Does this mean I'll just have to apply good old fashioned elbow grease with sandpaper/scrapers? It's got a carved top and back too, which means it'll be difficult to use power sanders, I imagine.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Cheers!

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if its nitro i would just try some laquer thinner and a rag see if it wips off if its that newer bullet proof factory finish that pretty much all the major companys use sand paper is your best bet you can use heat on it but theres a good chance of scoorching the wood under neith. but for some reason i get the feeling that might be a nitro finish form the pic (not overly glossy and it looks like some areas are worn thin).

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get a orbital sander to do the majority of the work for you and on the rounded sides/edges use elbow grease. make sure you the woods pores aren't filled with black paint before you oil and wax. if the pores where filled with paint your going to want to take enough wood off to remove that. then seal the pores again afterwards with pore sealer.

you can get it at StewMAC or somewhere else.

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The paint is flaking off all over the place and in some areas it comes off very easily just under the fingernails. Do you reckon it's possible to just peel/scrape a lot of it off and then sand the rest? The paint certainly seems a lot more brittle than the stuff I've seen in the past.

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