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At 08:57 AM 05/21/1999 -0500, HappyShel firstname.lastname@example.org
A friend of mine has 4 LP Classics and wants to refinish them. They are oak.
Does anyone know the process for removing the current finish, preparing the shells, reapplying the stain and clear coat?
Are there certain products to use? To avoid?
Steve Tierra email@example.com replied:
I just had the pleasure to buy and refinish an early sixties era mahogany Gon Bops quinto that was UGLY grey (from the factory). I just used a vib sander on the shell (with all the hardware removed) in increasingly fine grit until I was satisfied with the surface. The shell had more than a few dents and nicks, not all of which would come out of course.
GON BOPS URL are now located in Santa Ana California.
One on my big Peeves are shells (like my Tocas) that are TOO SLICK and dance away from you while you play them. Instead of finishing them myself, I gave the bare shell a good soak with Watco clear oil finish and took it to a furniture re finisher to have the shell sprayed with a low luster lacquer. Even after several coats, it does not have that slip-away-surface yet the wood grain is beautifully chatoyant and water resistant....I LOVE IT!
I have a friend that has been refinishing a set of old oak Valjes using brush on Polyurethane....they look nice but the brush marks are evident in the finish.
Why stain them? Oak is rich and warm in its natural color.