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Surf Green Stratocaster finished

Marty McCann’s Surf Green Stratocaster

Marty sent me some pictures of his Mexican Strat refinish that he’d done. Marty wrote:

“Thought I would share my before, during and after pix of my lefty strat. I must say the paint and advice was spot on – has a beautiful almost factory finish that I’m now reluctant to relic! Thanks again for the help and advice – couldn’t have done it without you.”

Marty bought just one can each of White Primer, Surf Green and Clear Gloss nitrocellulose lacquers, plus a tack cloth and some abrasive papers.

As you can see below, the transformation from Wine Red polyurethane to Surf Green nitrocellulose is perfect.

Surf Green Stratocaster old finish

Surf Green Stratocaster old finish

Surf Green Stratocaster stripped

Surf Green Stratocaster stripped

Surf Green Stratocaster primed

Surf Green Stratocaster primed

Surf Green Stratocaster finished

Surf Green Stratocaster finished

 

7 Comments on “Marty McCann’s Surf Green Stratocaster

  1. As I said – the paint and advise made it easy, thoroughly recommend Stevens paints for a similar project

  2. A fantastic job! From one of my least favourite Fender colours to one of my favourites.

    • As it says in the text, it was a Mexican Stratocaster with a Wine Red polyurethane finish.

  3. How did the finish get stripped? A heat gun and scraper? If so, roughly what temperature? Got an old strat I want to refinish

  4. Funnily enough this is exactly what I plan to do to my favourite cheap imitation P-Bass! Think I’ll use the tinted gloss nitro so the colour is more Bakelite-ish.

  5. I stripped the original finish with a Heat gun and then sanded it down in the areas I couldn’t get off cleanly. Just be careful – easy to singe the wood and open up joins in the body.

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