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Refinish 95`Fortress Masterman - From French Violet to Natural Oil

Discussion in 'Non - Official Warwick Customer Support' started by Dbass, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Dbass

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    Hi guys!

    I found a nice Fortress Masterman from 95 and since I was searching for a 4 string I jumped on it.
    It has a french violet finish, which I kind of like it, but too many belt marks, scars that I wanted to get rid off made me go for a complete refinish to Natural Oil.
    It´s body is flamed maple and wenge neck, really nice combo. I will post the progress of sanding, oiling, waxing, etc so you can have some tips on which are the steps and problems you migth find during the process. It´s been long and It´s not 100% finished but I start to post pics and share my experience.

    Some pics of the scratches
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    Looks cool with french violet, but I like natural wood better...
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    OK, now the fun part of sanding.
    I have used a strong sand paper to get rid of the color, like 60 sand paper, then 80 and raising up to 180 and then steel wool.It´s really a lot of sanding, if you do it by hand, like I did It can take forever. Mostly when there is a strong color like violet. After a couple of weeks I got rid of almost all the previous finish.

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    This is really hard to sand, due to the curves and that paint gets deeper in this areas.
    At this point I felt I was making no progress sanding so I decided to leave some of the micro spots and live with that. The thing is I want to play this baby now and I´m tired of sanding.
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    I will post before and after from the harware cleaning later...
    I´m getting closer to finish!!!

    For finishing I´m using linseed oil + virgin beewax as I cant find warwick wax here. I was reccomended by an experienced luthier that I can make the beewax just like warwicks from a block of virgin wax, so I´m ready to test that out.

    Cheers
     
  2. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    sand it down man:)
     
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  4. Dbass

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    yeah, I´m being lazy I know I should sand it till it´s gone, but have done many hours with no results, any other tip rather than sanding till crazyness?
    I already oiled it to have a better impression on how would look if I leave it as it is.
    Not perfect, but since I´m willing to play it for a while. I guess when I recover from sanding I´ll give it another try...
    Some pics after 2 aplications of linseed oil....
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  5. Emzyo

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    Sexeh bass you've found!
     
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    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    +1 for black hardware:)
     
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    +2 for Black Hardware...it rules :)
     
  8. Dbass

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    I have gold which came with the bass...black would look great!!!
     
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    Very nice work! But don't ruin it by being lazy now - you've done so much work, it's got to be worth just a little more sanding to get that maple looking 100% perfect!
     
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    How's she looking nowadays?
     
  11. Dbass

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    It looks and sounds great! I'm really happy with the result.

    Cheers
     
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    Excellent! That's why I am all FOR sandpaper. :)
     
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    StoneAje Warwick Endorser

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    Thanks for the update! She looks amazing. Maybe a little lighter? hahah
     
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