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Anyone have any idea what i should do to remove the gloss finish on my CS Strat neck from a 1998 model year? I have tried the 600-1200 sand paper on it but its still sticky. Is there a special finish on these that i am not aware of ? All of my other necks have been sanded down with no issues and feel great but this one is fighting me. Need a specialist advice on this one as i dont want to damage the neck. Thanks
 

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Lower the grit starting at 320 and work your way up. Mineral spirits with wet dry paper. 600 grit is a finishing paper made to remove scratches, not for hogging off material
 

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I have 2 brand new necks I am working on. Both came to me at 220 grit. I have worked my way up to 10000 grit in micromesh using mineral spirits instead of water as a lubricant . If you want to remove material go for a larger grit (smaller number). You could spend the rest of your life using 2000 if you want. Using 220 by hand is not going to change the shape of the neck. Picture below was a new neck. 320 dry 400 - 1500 wet dry with mineral spirits then micromesh then conservators wax and then 10 oats of Birchwood Casey gun stock wax.
 

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My go to neck routine is 400 grit sandpaper & buffed with steel wool.
That gives a great feel and satin finish.

600 grit and up is for polishing, you are actually following the routine for getting a high gloss finish.

You are not going to damage the neck.
If you get down to bare wood then you can use tru oil (gun stock oil/varnish blend).
I think you would love a tru oil finished neck.

Nathan
 

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I have 2 brand new necks I am working on. Both came to me at 220 grit. I have worked my way up to 10000 grit in micromesh using mineral spirits instead of water as a lubricant . If you want to remove material go for a larger grit (smaller number). You could spend the rest of your life using 2000 if you want. Using 220 by hand is not going to change the shape of the neck. Picture below was a new neck. 320 dry 400 - 1500 wet dry with mineral spirits then micromesh then conservators wax and then 10 oats of Birchwood Casey gun stock wax.
Thanks for the info. The mineral spirits is something i have not tried yet.
 

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My go to neck routine is 400 grit sandpaper & buffed with steel wool.
That gives a great feel and satin finish.

600 grit and up is for polishing, you are actually following the routine for getting a high gloss finish.
Thanks Nathan. Much appreciate the info
You are not going to damage the neck.
If you get down to bare wood then you can use tru oil (gun stock oil/varnish blend).
I think you would love a tru oil finished neck.

Nathan
 
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