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Old 07-30-09, 03:20 PM   #1
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Faded refinish Les Pual

After thinking it over and over i decided to do my first les paul refinish to my heavily relic les pual, all the stain and faded was done by hand with NO SPRAY GUNS, the lacquered finish was done with a spray can and polished by hand too.

Hope you like it,The flames really got enhanced and i love it and think i will do nothing more to this baby........after I'm done with the back and sides.



Sanded body, ready for staining:



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Old 07-30-09, 03:34 PM   #2
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wow! that came out great
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Can't believe how fast you did that! Nice!
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Re: Faded refinish Les Pual

I'm out of time tonight but will comment more later. I do like what you did allot. Also, those are the lightest strings I've ever seen.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:41 PM   #5
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That is really cool, man!
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Old 07-31-09, 07:21 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot guys really appreciated.

Here is a shot of the products i used for the finish.



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Re: Faded refinish Les Pual

Great result!

Can you provide more details about 'the process'?

Did you use pore filler after chemical stripping and sanding?...how many lacquer coats?...wet sand or power polish?


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Old 07-31-09, 07:39 AM   #8
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Holy CRAP! That thing looks AWESOME!

It was pretty before, but I think it looks SO MUCH BETTER now!

Great work
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Old 07-31-09, 07:54 AM   #9
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Great result!

Can you provide more details about 'the process'?

Did you use pore filler after chemical stripping and sanding?...how many lacquer coats?...wet sand or power polish?


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After i used the stripping juice i was scared because the binding started melting, so i did it quickly, after that i used 150 grit dry sanding paper, then 220 and then 320.

I grabs some old t-shirts cut little pieces of it and use it as brush. The combination of the stains was tricky and i used a piece of pine to try the colors before i got it right and use it on the paul.

i spent about 2 hours total in staining the top, let it dry over the sunday night and on monday noon started spraying the lacquer, 2 good coats every 24 hours and light sanding with 2,400 grit wet sanding paper between every 24 hours, this until thursday morning where i did the final polishing with 3200, 3800, 4000, 8000, 1200 wet sand papers and a polishing paste #4 Swirl Remover from Stewart-Macdonald on a t-shirt.
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Old 07-31-09, 09:37 AM   #10
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Re: Faded refinish Les Pual

well i would say that you did an exceptional job. especially given the tools you had at hand and the rattle can varnish you used to finish the top. it really looks great!

did you refin the back and sides as well or just the top? Also, im not really sure but i do believe that there may be some plastic safe strippers out there too just for anyone who may be interested.
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Old 07-31-09, 09:47 AM   #11
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well i would say that you did an exceptional job. especially given the tools you had at hand and the rattle can varnish you used to finish the top. it really looks great!

did you refin the back and sides as well or just the top? Also, im not really sure but i do believe that there may be some plastic safe strippers out there too just for anyone who may be interested.
I'll start doing the back sides and neck this weekend and yes i will look for a plastic safe stripper.

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Old 07-31-09, 12:51 PM   #12
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I liked the relic job you did but this is really nice. Love the color.
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Old 07-31-09, 01:03 PM   #13
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Please don't relic this one!! It way too pretty!!!

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Old 07-31-09, 03:31 PM   #14
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That is a really nice top
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Old 07-31-09, 09:20 PM   #15
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Got some better sun light today, it makes the grain pop up.



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Old 08-07-09, 04:34 PM   #16
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Please don't relic this one!! It way too pretty!!!

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Hahahaha, i wont, a least now for a few months.
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Old 08-07-09, 04:35 PM   #17
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I liked the relic job you did but this is really nice. Love the color.
Thank you!!!
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Old 08-07-09, 04:36 PM   #18
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Holy CRAP! That thing looks AWESOME!

It was pretty before, but I think it looks SO MUCH BETTER now!

Great work
Thanks!!!!
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Old 08-11-09, 06:51 PM   #19
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This is an update on my 2003 LP refinish, now its time to show the back and sides.

I need your opinions on whether to leave it as it is right now, with all that beautiful grain showing in all its porous glory, or continue applying lacquer until the mirror gloss comes out. I have to say that i like it this way, but know it will look great with high gloss too......decisions......decisions....Urrrr

Back sanded ready for staining:



Reflection of the porous back:



I did not know the back had so much going on, with all this refinish test i have learned that Gibson does not do its best to really show how beautiful its wood can be, same happened with the top, i has much more flames now.





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what did you use to strip the back?
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Thanks a lot guys really appreciated.

Here is a shot of the products i used for the finish.



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what did you use to strip the back?

Here are all the stuff i'm using for this project, its just a normal strong stripper, applied 2 hands of it, one then scrape, two and scrape again.
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Old 08-11-09, 08:41 PM   #22
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Here its a photo of the back way before i was thinking about refinishing it, it just had put it threw the razor!!!!



Glad i did the refinish,
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Old 08-12-09, 01:19 AM   #23
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oh so youre using the same stripper as before?? cool did you have any more trouble with the stripper melting the binding?
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Actually, now it looks more like a Les Paul Standard Faded with a layer of nitro.
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oh so youre using the same stripper as before?? cool did you have any more trouble with the stripper melting the binding?
i did put masking tape on al the binding and it worked
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Any more opinions on applying more lacquer?
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i say go for it.
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i say go for it.
i did 2 coats last night and believe looking even better.

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yeah man! its looking very rock n roll now. im really digging that figuring!
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Here is one that shows almost the exact color of the back and sides, i try to make it a really fade red mahogany finish.

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Do you really think it looks the faded series??? Better get an eye checkup dudes.

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Do you really think it looks the faded series??? Better get an eye checkup dudes.]
Yeah I do because that's what it looks like, a faded with a clear coat of nitro. There are many fadeds that look very similar to your guitar and have that heavy sanded look. I admire your courage and skills in your experimentation but you haven't managed to reproduce the look of faded colours through the sanding approach.
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looks exactly like the faded series with a thick coat of varnish, looks cool

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Old 08-17-09, 03:16 PM   #36
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hey...i noticed that u mentioned laquer. Those cans say varnish...VArnish has yellowish tint to it...Did u indeed use spray varnish or lacquer?
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hey...i noticed that u mentioned laquer. Those cans say varnish...VArnish has yellowish tint to it...Did u indeed use spray varnish or lacquer?
Clear Varnish is the correct word.
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looks exactly like the faded series with a thick coat of varnish, looks cool

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Yes!!!!! you are right, it her sister!!!!!

Great. I love how this baby has come out and the overwhelmingly response from many people all over the guitar related forums.
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Yeah I do because that's what it looks like, a faded with a clear coat of nitro. There are many fadeds that look very similar to your guitar and have that heavy sanded look. I admire your courage and skills in your experimentation but you haven't managed to reproduce the look of faded colours through the sanding approach.
Great, that means i did a good job. Thanks!!!
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Looks awesome Nico, great job. As mentioned earlier, don't relic this one, it looks too good. Love that grain on the back and the front for that matter.
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