So, my wife bought me a PRS SE22 a few years ago and it was my main instrument for quite awhile until I got my ibanez prestige. Well, I've decided to resurrect the guy after many years and make some enhancements so that I can play it live again. What turned out to be a simple idea of just simply smoothening of the neck is now going to be a fairly big project for a first timer.
I'm taking this guy
And borrowing ideas of this guitar. Mainly how the back of the neck looks after sanding and staining
The overall goal:
-Headstock paint will be removed down to its natural wood and stained to a darker color
-Neck paint will be removed down to its natural wood and possibly stained to a lighter/darker color
-The entire front body's lacquer will be removed to have that matt finish
-The Dimarzio Tone Zone will be transferred to my Ibanez and move the Dimarzio/IBZ pickup to the PRS
Originally I just wanted to just smoothen the neck, but I did more that I thought
So I used 500 grit sandpaper as suggested by youtube luthier, while effective, did take awhile. I'll be going to the hardware store tomorrow to grab citristrip as suggested by another forum member "jaxnrr1."
Here's what I've gotten so far.
Sanding through finish with 500 grit is going to take forever.
Start with more aggressive paper (say, 150 grit) then once most of the finish is off, step up through the grits to 180, 220 and 320. Only go to the next grit once you've removed the sanding marks from the previous one. Anything higher than 320, you're essentially burnishing the wood, and you may have trouble getting finish to stick. Use higher grits only after finish has been applied.
Chemical strippers likely won't do much if it's a polyester finish.
Is the neck on those SE models maple or mahogany? Your target guitar is definitely mahogany.