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michaelcollins  
20 Apr 2010 19:27 | Quote
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Ive stripped it down and now I want to sand it down and add a french polish to it.Any tips on what grit sandpaper to use?



JoshJones  
20 Apr 2010 21:29 | Quote
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The easiest (well quickest) way to remove the finish is via heat gun. But by sanding, start with something similar to 400 then move to 200 when the loading isn't so bad on the 400.

This is assuming the finish is nitro, if its poly, well things get fun and you will be sanding for years
michaelcollins  
20 Apr 2010 21:41 | Quote
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JoshJones says:
This is assuming the finish is nitro, if its poly, well things get fun and you will be sanding for years



how can u tell wich one it is
KicknGuitar  
20 Apr 2010 22:26 | Quote
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the smoother you want her the finer the grit! I would think you'd want to start with something rough then go with the finer sand, not 400 to 200.
JoshJones  
20 Apr 2010 22:46 | Quote
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@KicknGuitar, you're right, typo on my part, should be starting at 200 and when the loading on the grit isn't so bad move up to 400.

@michaelcollins: nitro finishes have a sweet smell, also if you have any acetone, the nitro finish will melt, poly will do nothing at all. Another way to tell is with naphtha the nitro will polish quite nicely to a great shine.

Worst case, take your finger nail and dig into the finish, if it creases its nitro otherwise its poly
michaelcollins  
21 Apr 2010 15:20 | Quote
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would a blow dryer work just as good as a heat gun
JoshJones  
21 Apr 2010 19:56 | Quote
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Honestly I don't know the answer to that question. My initial thought is no. The lowest setting on my heat gun is 600 degrees F, and I don't have any hair (so no need for a blow dryer) but I doubt it gets that hot even on max setting.
michaelcollins  
21 Apr 2010 20:01 | Quote
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ok thanks


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