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    Default Getting paint off a Wolfgang..

    Anyone got any good suggestions to removing the paint to get it ready for a stripe job?
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    The best advice I have is to be patient! If you're talking about a Peavey Wolfgang, the paint is very thick and very tough. Regular paint stripper doesn't even make a dent in it if you just leave it on there. You're going to have to chip away. The best method I've found is to use a heating gun. You can get them at Home Depot for like $20 and it'll save you a ton of time.

    I bought similar to this one specifically for this type of job:

    http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-9.../dp/B0000302U8

    Bring the gun near the finish and it'll get hot quickly and start to bubble up. You'll need to just get a scraper or something and start working at it. Be careful with the gun though, if the guitar gets too hot you could end up burning the wood, or maybe even catching the thing on fire. Who knows!

    If you use this method, please be careful and do so at your own risk! It worked for me, but I'm sure there are other methods that are a bit safer.

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    A heat gun will work, but you run the risk of burning/damaging the wood. I swear by good, old fashioned, elbow grease. grab some good quality sandpaper and get to work. Start with a rougher grade and as you get closer to the bare wood, work your way to finer grades. It's a LOT of hard, dusty work but it's the only way i would consider doing it any more. I recently stripped a Strat that started out red, I quickly discovered that it was gold underneath that, then it had a primer coat. It took a week of sanding but the finished results were great.
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    Wow Sooner, I'd be very interested in seeing the progress of your striping project. I've thought of striping my Wolfgang, but I have zero experience with sanding, paint etc. What color was it originally? Just curious, mine is black.
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    I will NOT be striping my EVH Wolf !!!
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    Hey Guys I was thinking about doing the same thing. I have a 97/98 Gold Wolf with the carved top. Any issue with the binding? I've done a few strats and such but nothing with a carved top. As far as stripping I was just going to go the elbow grease route as well. Sand...Sand....Sand some more. Although I have seen some people use Acetone. Any thoughts on that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferwiz View Post
    Hey Guys I was thinking about doing the same thing. I have a 97/98 Gold Wolf with the carved top. Any issue with the binding? I've done a few strats and such but nothing with a carved top. As far as stripping I was just going to go the elbow grease route as well. Sand...Sand....Sand some more. Although I have seen some people use Acetone. Any thoughts on that....
    If you'd rather stripe up a Peavey Wolfgang USA Special body (no carve top, no binding), I'd be interested in trading you for your Gold Carve Top. I have a black Wolfgang Special body that's in very good condition, except the paint is chipping off in spots, and it has been buffed a lot (swirl marks). It would be a perfect candidate to refinish, and I'm pretty sure all Peavey Wolfgang Standard/Special hardware is compatible with each other.

    Also, +1 on the Peavey finish being EXTREMELY tough, and pretty thick. It's a VERY hard finish -- almost a similar consistency to a bake-on ceramic finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferwiz View Post
    Hey Guys I was thinking about doing the same thing. I have a 97/98 Gold Wolf with the carved top.
    Nooooooooooooo

    Please don't.

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    Has anyone here done a striped Wolfgang in a style like the EVH one he used on the Guitar World cover or on Two and a Half Men?

    (I'm a noob here, so if this has been discussed ad nauseum in another thread, please point me there... And be gentle.)

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    If you'd rather stripe up a Peavey Wolfgang USA Special body (no carve top, no binding), I'd be interested in trading you for your Gold Carve Top. I have a black Wolfgang Special body that's in very good condition, except the paint is chipping off in spots, and it has been buffed a lot (swirl marks). It would be a perfect candidate to refinish, and I'm pretty sure all Peavey Wolfgang Standard/Special hardware is compatible with each other.

    Also, +1 on the Peavey finish being EXTREMELY tough, and pretty thick. It's a VERY hard finish -- almost a similar consistency to a bake-on ceramic finish.
    Speaking of painting a Peavey Wolfgang, I have a 96 Patent black standard that I would like to strip and have painted; actually I didn't want to but I got pissed at a solo I had made a million passes at and couldn't get and threw the guitar across the room! I know, I know dumb and haven't done it since and won't ever again but I made a big ding under the neck pickup. I tried to fix it but I didn't quite hit the mark. I filled it in sanded and tried to match the black, then clear etc. but it looks like shit.

    Anyway to make it look decent at all it really needs to be stripped and repainted. I want it to stay black but I would like to do a flame job with the primary color of the flames either blue or gold. Can anybody receommend a good painter, body repair guy that can do good flames? I did this awhile back and have never fixed it. In fact I bought an EVH special body from the guy parting them out and transferred all my Peavey parts over to that body so I have a hybrid Peavey/ EVH Wolf. Kinda cool actually but I want the better standard arch top body back in play. Sounds way better to me.
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    Whatever you do don't sand with your bare hands, your fingers will put grooves int he wood ... get one of those flexible sanding blocks you can wrap your sandpaper around.


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    This is a bump to see if anyone has done this? I have a Peavey Special in black that I want to stripe. Pictures of Ed's are kind of rare...so if anyone out here has any 411 to pass along it would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJK5150 View Post
    Has anyone here done a striped Wolfgang in a style like the EVH one he used on the Guitar World cover or on Two and a Half Men?

    (I'm a noob here, so if this has been discussed ad nauseum in another thread, please point me there... And be gentle.)

    Thanks!
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    I've got a purple PV Wolf that I've been thinking about striping.

    Here is a striped EVH PV from a dude in Australia. Vid is a few years old.

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    Cool picture...I am actually looking to make the one from the 98 tour...add a sustainer in it maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferwiz View Post
    Hey Guys I was thinking about doing the same thing. I have a 97/98 Gold Wolf with the carved top. Any issue with the binding? I've done a few strats and such but nothing with a carved top. As far as stripping I was just going to go the elbow grease route as well. Sand...Sand....Sand some more. Although I have seen some people use Acetone. Any thoughts on that....
    Gold top Archtop Peaveys are rarer than you think. It's your guitar to do as you wish. But I think it'd be a shame to ruin such a cool rare guitar.

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