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Steve-Mr Pig 2U

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Refinishing a refinished guitar?
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2005, 02:27:30 PM »
If you only sand the paint, you wont change the body contours. You would have to be pretty heavy handed with the sander to do that! I had no problem whatsoever with the sander approch.
Ive heard that Nitromores damages the wood, and will cause problems later in the guitars life.


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« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2005, 03:20:25 PM »
Each to his own Mr Pig and yes, if you're careful and only sand off the paint, there is little problem, just seems the risk is a little high to me unless it is absolutely necessary and you know what you are doing. Sort of sledgehammer to crack a nut from my own personal viewpoint.  I've seen a number of guitars, particularly SGs with their sharp edges and Firebirds with the raised centre section, which to put it mildly have not benefited from previous sanding efforts. The impression I get from a couple of expert forums is that luthiers generally tend not to favour the sanding approach unless nothing else works.

Incidentally, I have absolutely no reason to believe Nitromors damages wood, nor have I seen any damage from personal experience over a number of years and many, many, guitars and different woods. I can't imagine any chemical reason why the wood would suffer either. I do make sure that all remnants are cleaned off, but you would (or should!) do that anyway before refinishing.
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2006, 01:43:23 PM »
From memory theres also two versions of Nitromors, which is also used in the printing industry to remove ink from equipment.

The regular stuff you wash off / deactivate with water and the other one you use meths to remove it.

Possibly the latter one may be slightly better option to keep the wood happier (though I used the water based one on my old SG years ago with no ill effects), Though my nephew knocking it over 6 weeks after the refinish left a huge dent that I never fixed.

Some of the nitromores stories come from the companies who where into the dip & strip, who actually just used caustic soda. This caused real serious damage to the wood, including seriously raised grain.

Cabinet scr@pers are brilliant for getting a nice finish (my father made some real fine ones that where amazing for smoothing the primer).

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