Turning a Poly Finished Guitar into a Nitro Finished One

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  1. syscokid

    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    I'm considering hitting mine with some Crimson Guitars Finishing Oil
     
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    Wow, that is a really thick coat!
     
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    Black wood filler ! I get it. Thanks.

    I'll start a new post to explain the insanity of my "project". Don't want to hijack this one.

    I was thinking the epi worn finish would be thin too. Maybe it was thin....but it was rock f'n hard!
     

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    A taste of this basket case.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Norton, Feel free to add anything you like refinish wise of your Faded in this message. I started the thread and welcome any and all info that adds to the knowledge we share from our experiences.
     
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    I had to break out the heat gun when I stripped the poly finish off of the Burny SG I have. The mystery wood underneath didn't help any.

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    It looks much better now in nitro.


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    Be careful around the binding. It melts at a lower temperature, and much faster than the poly.
     
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    SG John, THAT is so awesome. I really prefer your blue choice over the original color.
    I also sure did not expect to see all these nice responses to my post. Keep it up, guys.
     
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    Glad you didn't burn(y) your Burny.
     
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    Thanks. Keep in mind that the guitar looked like it had cold chisels for points. I re-shaped them so that the would look more like an early '60s Les Paul/SG.

    It does look much better in Pelham Blue.
     
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    lol cold chisels. chili has used em zillions of times

    You did do a great job, John. she is as pretty now as Emma Peel was back inb the day.
     
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    I don't know about your Epiphone Les Paul but I am pretty sure Classic Vibe Telecasters are pine. The poly is probably giving that soft wood a lot of protection. I would leave that one as is

    The Epi might be composed of a lot of pieces of wood and might not look so great either. Could be a lot of luck involved

    The Gibson 'Worn' finishes - like my Worn Yellow SG Special - don't have a top coat, just a colour coat and a filler/primer coat under it. That's why they wear off so fast. I have a satin finish SG Junior that is very similar except for a thin clear coat and that hasn't worn much at all, whereas large sections of the paint on the other one have worn right down to the mahogany
     
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    Interesting.... Definitely not what my "vintage worn " epi SG had. The color coat was on top of a yellow toned sealer of some sort and then covered with some sort of magic. Hard powdery magic.

    Of course the body beneath looks like mahogany as far as the grain goes but it's so light colored that it might as well be white. Perhaps albino mahog?
     
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    Gibson puts a white filler coat under lighter colours like the yellows.

    You can see it in these photos that I just took of my Worn Yellow Gibson SG.

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