I Refinished my Studio Shred

Tim D.

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Earlier this year I picked up a 2012 Studio Shred. It was all black and looked a little tired and scuffed. I decided to do a full strip (I used acetone and it worked great). I decided on my color scheme and to leave the edge of the maple cap exposed for the faux binding effect. I ordered my supplies from SM for the refinish along with new pickup rings, poker chip, jack plate and knobs. After many, many, many coats of different layers of nitro, sanding and polishing this is how it tuned out. Pretty doggone good in my opinion.

FYI, I thought because I would be spraying outside or in an open garage I would skip the respirator and just wear a N95 particle mask. I got a nasty cough that lasted for about 3 weeks which is not something that makes people comfortable during the Corona! Ordered the mask before proceeding and no problems afterwards.
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great job....i did two studios as well but on one left it more of a satin finish and a faux binding look, bonus with an ebony board and they kick ass !

studios look 100% better with the sides and back down to wood....very nice job! :yesway:
 

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Well done. Very nice!

What was your method for polishing the finish?
After letting my final coat cure for 2 weeks! I wet sanded with 800 then 1000 grit papers. Afterwards, I used the 4 stages of polishing compounds from Stew Mac. I didn’t have access to a buffer that I would have trusted with the thin finish so I really had to spend some time with this process. My arm was definitely sore when I finished. A couple of things I learned was to apply multiple judicious coats of lacquer just shy of the point of it running. Have some Mohawk Blush Remover available if you spray where there is any humidity (I found that it also helps level the nitro in between coats). Be prepared for the finishing process to take a few weeks as the lacquer needs to cure between coats as well as the last couple of weeks before final finish. Also this type of finish is still very thin even after many many coats. Go easy with the wet sanding. I actually rubbed through on a couple of spots on the headstock and back bottom edge. I put a couple of drops of fretboard oil on those areas to blend them. Trying to figure out if it’s worth the time to spot spray those areas or just leave good enough alone. I do plan on playing it after all!
 
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solid color models w/o binding (or faux) look awful and I don't know why they do them


GREAT job!!
 

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Looks amazing.. How did you do the binding??
 

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For the binding, I taped the sides and sprayed the front black. After applying the black coats, I removed the tape and used 600 grit wet paper and lightly sanded the side of the maple cap and let my sand paper touch the top edge ever so slightly. This worked great and then I applied the clear coats on top of the entire body.
 


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