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Author Topic: My Ibanez SR500 Refinish project  (Read 3335 times)
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« on: April 30, 2008, 11:44:51 AM »

After sanding off the original chipped and blotchy finish, re-staining, 7 coats of Minwax Brushing Lacquer (Nitro), and 14 coats of their spray cans, sanding in-between, finish wet-sanding with 1500 and 2000 sandpaper, and hand rubbing with swirl remover, here is the body of my Ibanez SR500BM (Brown Mahogany). I have now re-designated it a SR500EC (English Chestnut).







I'll post better pics when I get it re-assembled, and rewired.

Rob
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 12:53:42 PM »

Looking good Rob. I need a camera where I can post pics without having to buy flim, take the pics, get them developed and put on a disk.
Cant wait to see it finished.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 03:58:44 PM »

Very nice. I can't wait to see it reassembled.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 04:31:40 PM »

What a job! It is beautiful! I want to see it assembled too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 04:46:35 PM »

Wow!
I've stripped and finished the same bass three times - each time had horrible problems.  Waiting for nice weather to start again.

Can I borrow some of your patience??? Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 06:47:50 PM »

I am planning a refinish later this summer.  If you have the time, and patience, would you post a more detailed description of the process?

Time between coats, wet sand medium, application tool for the stain and nitro, etc.?

Yours is turning out VERY well and I'd be extremely pleased if I could get close to your results.

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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008, 12:18:18 PM »

I am planning a refinish later this summer.  If you have the time, and patience, would you post a more detailed description of the process?

Thanks for your kind words Joel. I'll post a description of the process (it's not a precise one) when I can devote some real time to it.

Rob
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008, 04:18:39 PM »

Hey Rob, How did you take the oil finish out? Did it sand out, or did you use some chemicals on it? I've got an SR 505 with the same Mahogany body, with some kind of oil finish. I'd like to try this too when I can get some time and $$'s together.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008, 04:22:34 PM »


Very nice, Rob! Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2008, 06:13:20 PM »

With all the work you've done on it, we should rename you Rob_U_Job!

Looks fantastic!

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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2008, 09:21:16 PM »

Hey Rob, How did you take the oil finish out? Did it sand out, or did you use some chemicals on it? I've got an SR 505 with the same Mahogany body, with some kind of oil finish. I'd like to try this too when I can get some time and $$'s together.
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The neck and fretboard are oiled, but the body is some type of thin, brittle, varnish or lacquer. I use the Jim Dunlop Fret Board Deep Conditioner (oil) on my neck, and fretboard, and they just soak it right up. When I tried to apply it to the body, it just sat they and beaded very slightly, and then wiped off with a filmy residue that took a couple of more swipes to clean.

So I just sanded the body past the finish and stain (not very thick on either count). It's very light wood - take a look at the neck pocket in the photos.

I've been asked for a step-by-step, so I'll go over the process when I can sit down and type for a while - it may even be a multi-part post (with a cliff-hanger at the end of each!).

It was all just basic wood finishing, but I'll detail it.

Rob
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2008, 07:29:44 PM »

Here are the glamour shots of the complete, assembled Bass:







The color in these is more accurate than the original photo's that I posted. The color is noticeably lighter than the original.



For those of you who aren't familiar with this model, here's a closeup of the original finish:

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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2008, 09:07:31 PM »

Looks awesome!
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2008, 12:49:55 PM »

Wow.

Nice job!!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2008, 08:02:40 PM »

Great Job Rob. That is a very sharp looking bass you got there.
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