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How To Refinish A Vintage Carmencita Acoustic Guitar
Before Refinish Job
Where Do I Need To Start My Refinish Job?
Make sure you have a table and work area before you begin. We can then follow these easy steps to get our guitar refinished. Remember if the bridge has screws you will have to put your hand through the sound hole. If your hand does not fit find some one with small hands to do the job. The old varnish was gummy and stopped up the sandpaper, if that happens use spray on paint stripper. Be careful not to saturate wood. This guitar has many coats of varnish that has to be removed. Note This is my opinion only. It is wrong to use varnish on acoustic guitars.I believe it deadens the sound. I had to use steam from my teapot to remove the bridge. The steam will help loosen the hide glue. You can use wooden dowels with hide glue to replace screws.
* remove old strings and tuning gears
* remove the screws and nuts from the bridge
* with everything removed sand off the old finish or spray on paint stripper
Sanding The Bridge And Neck
I sanded the face of the bridge using 220 grit sandpaper then progressively finer grit sandpaper down to 400 grit sandpaper. Masking tape is needed to cover the decals on the head. I stripped the varnish by doing a small section at a time. I use a homemade wooden scraper. We must be careful not to mar the wood.
I use plastic wood to fill any nicks on the edges. I leave the guitar dry overnight. The next day you can sand to get a smooth surface.
I found my rosette, tuning gears, and lacquer for the guitar on eBay. The Stewart MacDonald site sells hardware and parts for the guitar. I can find anything I need for the guitar.
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Items Needed For Refinishing
1. stain the back and side use Minwax oil based mahogany stain.
2. use soft cloth
3. you will need a clean scrap of carpet lay the guitar face up
4. then using Minwax golden pecan 245 I blended the plastic wood in the color of the front of the guitar
5. use masking tape and newspaper cover fret board and front.
6. clear lacquer for back and sides
7. sandpaper 400 grit, 800 grit,
8. Hide glue
How long do you think it takes to refinish?
What Item We Need
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Classical Guitar Bridge
Rosewood Classical Guitar bridge 1X is what I used. I find that the rosewood bridge works the best for most of the German Guitars.
The Final Steps
After, I have finished with the gloss clear lacquer on the neck and back and sides, I leave the guitar overnight. I sanded this first coat with 400 grit sandpaper and wiped it down again and spray it with another coat and let it set again overnight and sanded with 800 grit sandpaper. This step has to be repeated as many times as needed.
The last thing I do is glue and clamped the bridge, replace the tuning machines with new ones, and put on the rosette. I am ready to put on new strings.