This is another project of mine!
I bought this guitar for around 20-30 euros, and she was in horrible condition. It was brush painted, in some kind of horrible chess board design, as you can see on neck of the guitar.
The guitar was in such a sorry state that it made the process of fixing it really simple: strip everything down and start from scratch ?
To my relief, the wood itself was ok and I stripped the paint easily with glass. Just a quick tip: if you want to strip paint from wood, use glass, because it won’t tear wood structure and leave trace marking.
Then, go wild with sandpaper. Start with heavier granulation first, like 200 to get rid of any traces of paint. Than 500 and 1000 granulation sandpaper to get rid of dents and scratches on the wood surface. Before polish use 2000 graduation sandpaper. Then, when you are sure that you have removed all scratches and you end up with mat finish you are ready for lacquer. Again, after lacquer is cured for two weeks sand it down again with 2000 granulation and buff. You will end up with clear glass finish. More about paining and buffing in next blogs.
And finished product of the sandpaper party should look like this
And now, it is time for painting, lacquering and installing the new hardware.
So, when pickups were soldered, potentiometers also, the guitar was ready for fresh strings and new setup.
Finished project was sold for 150 euros, and I used around 50 euros worth of materials.