Stripping coating from steel body reso

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Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby ricbleu » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:58 am

Has anyone here tried this? I'm unsure what sort of finish is on my Republic but I'm very tempted to strip it back to bare metal. I've done this with other domestic items (eg light fittings) then given them a light coat of a drying oil. In time a greyish patina forms and I think it would look good on my reso. But before I start, I'd better put it before the council of better minds than mine. Can the endeavour lead to disaster? :D Peace
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:47 pm

But first maybe you should use a magnet to see if both body and coverplate is made of steel, if the coverplate is made of brass it might not look too cool! :mrgreen:

I've taken the paint off of a brass body Republic and it was nice to polish the brass to a mirror finish!

Good luck!
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby ricbleu » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:00 am

Thanks, BJ. Well I didn't and I did and it was but I like it. Follow me? So I didn't check for brass and I went ahead anyway and it was brass but I like it. I got started first thing this morning before I checked this site. But the brass cover plate is very antiquey with areas of brass colour and other brownish oxidised parts. When I've cleaned her up and reassembled, she should have the old-time look, which was my hope. My greatest fear was that the stripper would only partially work and I'd have to scrub and scrape, but this stuff I used is a gel and most of the paint finish bubbled up and came away from the steel within 30 minutes. Only where they had sprayed the second "sunburst" coat was it slow to move but a second coating of gel took care of that. So if there's any more advice which I would like to ignore, I'll know who to ask. :D Peace
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:13 am

Allright, I'm sure it'll look old and worn and all that we'd expect from a stripped reso!
Post some cool pics when you find time! :D
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby Jakeblues » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:16 pm

ricbleu wrote:<snip> My greatest fear was that the stripper would only partially work...</snip>


I hate when strippers only partially work :wink:
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby SouthernSounds » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:35 pm

bottleneckjohn wrote:Post some cool pics when you find time! :D

I came here to ask for the same thing, but BJ beats me...

I really want to see the final product! :D

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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby NEONMOONY » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:08 pm

I've done it with a brass reso, a Johnson. I was a little surprised when I got some of the paint off and found the body was covered with grinding/sanding marks, perhaps to hel the paint stick. I had assumed once I got the paint off, I would merely have to polish it. Anyway, after much sanding, I finally got it to the shiny brass finish I had envisioned. You just never know what lurks around the corner but I'm still glad that I did it. It's truly my guitar.

I also did things to it like cut a hole in it with a dremel and install a rails pickup. I don't regret that either but I might not have been willing to do those things to one of my Nationals. It seemed less of a gamble with a cheaper instrument.
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby ricbleu » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:55 am

I hate when strippers only partially work :wink:[/quote]

You are far too fast for me, Jake, old buddy. :wink:

And To BJ, I'll post some pics soon. I have a friend who is a very keen photographer and failing to procure one of Jake's strippers, :wink: he uses me. And I'm only too happy to stand around with one of my axes while he gets me to stand in the best way to make use of natural light. A couple of weekends ago we found a good spot under a railway bridge with lots of steel beams and rivets for atmosphere and good light from both sides. I had my triolian, then in it's green phase. He took 83 shots - the beauty of digital. So we can go out again with my triolian baring its all for the sake of art. :D Peace
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby Sollophonic » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:08 pm

My Busker MM Blues was a prototype, and originally had a greyburst finish.

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It soon started losing its grey paint though, so I stripped. I used simple paint stripper and it came off really easily. I did it a few years ago, and the nickel finish underneath has weathered really well, and it made a small difference to the volume of the guitar too IMO

Looks like this now

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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby ricbleu » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:00 am

Here's one of my stripped Republictriolian. I haven't attempted to polish any marks that were on the steel or or take the oxidisation off the brass coverplate. I can't say I notice any difference in sound but it really does look like a reso with some miles on the clock (like its owner) which is what I was hoping for. If there had been any major and unsightly blemishes, I always had the option of respraying her. I have some attractive silver metallic enamel in aerosol form and have used it successfully on a number of small metal things I've made. In fact my very first inclination was to respray on top of the swampy green, but I'm glad I didn't. Btw the slide is my favourite Dunlop concave brass which is ground to follow the same curve as the fretboard and makes full bar chords easier to achieve cleanly and my thumbpick is a John Pearse which I trim back to protrude from the flesh of the thumb about as much as a longish thumbnail would. JP picks seem to me to be a tad softer and don't clack so much since I don't use any fingerpicks. :D Peace.
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby kiwiblues » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:04 am

Looks great Rich. Did you antique the brass yourself?
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby ricbleu » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:26 am

kiwiblues wrote:Looks great Rich. Did you antique the brass yourself?

Nope, that's just how she looked with the green/black burst stripped away. In certain light the green looked quite like bronze, especially on the back, but mostly it just looked green. I'm much happier with her now. Btw, you can't see in either of these shots, but I replaced the tuners with three on a plate restoration tuners from Stew-Mac and am v happy with those too. :D Peace.
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby NEONMOONY » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:23 pm

Much mo betta now!
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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby SouthernSounds » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:47 pm

Nice job, Ric & Thanks for the pics!

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Re: Stripping coating from steel body reso

Postby ricbleu » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:26 am

Thanks guys, it's very generous of you. There are many things I like about this forum, but the mutual support and encouragement is certainly one of them. :D Peace.
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