Refinishing

Refinishing has been a speciality of mine since the early 1980s, when a growing number of people began to want their instruments built or restored to 'vintage specifications'.

As well as full resprays, I also undertake minor or partial refinishing. Whilst it is often impossible to achieve completely invisible repairs, especially on translucent or tinted finishes, it is amazing what can be achieved.

I only use nitro-cellulose, the traditional product for finishing high quality fretted instruments. Though slower to apply than urethane and other modern finishes, it provides a very attractive 'soft gloss', and ages gracefully. Please remember that refinishing is labour-intensive and takes time - 6-8 weeks is needed on average to achieve 'factory like finish'.

The photo galleries and recent projects pages showcase my refinishing work.

Please contact me if you have a project you want to discuss.
Les Paul refinished in black
1963 Fender Jaguar
1963 Fender Jaguar - original colour visible in cavities
1963 Fender Jaguar
1963 Fender Jaguar - removing remnants of finish
1969 LH Gibson 335
1969 left-hand Gibson 335
1963 Fender Jaguar
1963 Fender Jaguar - refinished in Lake Placid Blue
1963 Fender Jaguar
1963 Fender Jaguar - refinished in Lake Placid Blue
Daphne Blue Strat
Dakota Red Strat