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#1 posted 08-09-2012 07:12 PM

Having refinished professionally for 12 years, (long time ago), I’d be looking for someone with a dip tank. The only drawback with dip tank people is they have a tendency to water wash after they lift it out, since the water stays on top of the chemicals and keeps them from evaporating. Have to get the wood dry quick after.

I’m not too keen on any kind of sandblasting, it might eat away if the wood underneath is softwood, or in the least bit punky. Have to remember, if any of the wood is softer than any layer of paint, the wood goes with the blaster.

You can try heat, but you will probably find at least a few coats of lead based paint in there, which means you must be masked up for airborne lead contaminants, and if you hit milkpaint you will not move it.

Next, if you want to try, something strong like a methaline chloride stripper will take a few coats at a time, and you can simply brush it on, scrap it off, and let it dry for proper disposal. Just read the ingrediants on the back of the can.

My last and least preferred method would be sanding it off.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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