#1
Currently i'm in the process of sanding down my guitar, just a crappy old strat copy, thought it'd be best to mess around on.

All I have at the moment is a block of wood and some sand paper. Are there any better, quicker tools I can use? Or should I just stick with the sand paper?

Thanks
#2
random orbital sander would work well, but they are expensive to buy (at least here they are) I sanded down a body in less than 1 hour and i was working slowly
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#3
Well, unless you're looking to go to bare wood to stain it, you only really need to scuff sand the finish, in which case, all you'll need is the sandpaper and block. sand it so that you've scuffed up the finish well, start with 60 grit, and move up to 120, 200,320, then finally 400, at which time you'll be more than ready to paint on. good luck, and post pics!
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random orbital sander would work well, but they are expensive to buy (at least here they are) I sanded down a body in less than 1 hour and i was working slowly


Ah i'll have a look, but i'm not looked to spend loads.

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Well, unless you're looking to go to bare wood to stain it, you only really need to scuff sand the finish, in which case, all you'll need is the sandpaper and block. sand it so that you've scuffed up the finish well, start with 60 grit, and move up to 120, 200,320, then finally 400, at which time you'll be more than ready to paint on. good luck, and post pics!


Ah cheers, I better go buy some more sandpaper then lol.
And will do
#5
Hand held belt sander?




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#6
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Hand held belt sander?

Yeh something like that, how much can I pick a cheap/good one up for?
#7
I grabbed an Orbital sander at my local pawn shop for 10 dollars. works like a charm.

take a look for bargains like that, you can't go wrong!
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I grabbed an Orbital sander at my local pawn shop for 10 dollars. works like a charm.

take a look for bargains like that, you can't go wrong!

Alright cheers, i'll have a look for them.

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Don't do that. Those'll pretty much eat into your guitar like it's nothing.

Get a vibrator sander or a random orbital sander. You can get one for like 50 bucks at Lowes or something, and I would highly suggest it.

Aha thanks ill check them out too xD cheers guys
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#10
Quote by ohspyro89
Don't do that. Those'll pretty much eat into your guitar like it's nothing.
Not really, if the guitar has a finish on it, he will be able to see how much the sander is taking off, just press lightly until its mostly off then switch to hand, do the edges and cuts by hand as well.




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#11
try harbor freight, there an online site, i gurantee you can find a cheap sander of some sort on there.
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#12
Interesting /\ both of you
Can't be bothered to quote lol.

Thanks i'll check them out.
#13
if your wanting to go down to the wood i prefer using fire. you can use a torch or just lighter fluid and a lighter.
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Not really, if the guitar has a finish on it, he will be able to see how much the sander is taking off, just press lightly until its mostly off then switch to hand, do the edges and cuts by hand as well.


Every case that I have seen a home modification dealing with a belt sander there is usually some damage done. I think it's better just to take it a little slow than go all out at it with a belt sander.
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if your wanting to go down to the wood i prefer using fire. you can use a torch or just lighter fluid and a lighter.


Sounds a bit risky to me lol, rather not accidently set fire to the guitar.

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Every case that I have seen a home modification dealing with a belt sander there is usually some damage done. I think it's better just to take it a little slow than go all out at it with a belt sander.


Sounds fair to me, it's my first customization/dealing with wood of pretty much any kind so don't want to completely trash the guitar.