Repainting Thunder 1?

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Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by KaylaS96 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:41 pm

Hey there,

A guy in my church just gave me a Westone Thunder 1 bass that he's had packed away for a while, and as you can probably imagine, it has a few issues. (not too big, just needs new strings, rust on a few areas, the musty smell, and the like) I'm not a big fan of the finish on it, though. I can live with it, but I'd rather re-paint or stain it. I was doing some research on the bass, though, and it seems that the Thunder 1 might be somewhat rare these days...? Anyway, I'm not worried about getting money for this later on IF I ever want to sell it, but I was kind of concerned: will stripping it and re-finishing it really devalue the instrument? Will it be okay if I do it, or is it really not going to turn out well in the end? I'd appreciate any thoughts. Smile

And as a side note, if I re-finish this, is there a certain kind of stain or paint that I'm supposed to use or that would work better?

Thanks!

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Re: Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:09 pm

Thunder 1  basses are not rare in the slightest,  very popular actually. 
Is it the natural finish or a solid colour gloss? 

Have a look at my 6 string refinishes here
http://forum.westoneguitars.net/t5212-back-from-the-dead-t1a-restoration

 And here 

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/t5484-83-thunder-1-resto-refin

These are simple sand, mask, stain and oil jobs.

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Re: Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by KaylaS96 on Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:28 pm

Okay, good to know.
It's black, but with a natural stripe down the middle of the bass, about the width of the neck.

Great, thanks!

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Re: Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:36 pm

I'm not a big fan of black guitars in general, but the thunder black with maple is really appealing!

Post some pics when you're allowed, we all love pics here Smile

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Re: Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by KaylaS96 on Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:32 pm

Yeah, my electric guitar is black, so that doesn't really bother me. I do think the natural looks a little weird, though, because it kind of has a little yellowish tint to it for some reason. The main thing that bothers me is that it has some scratches - which isn't too big of a deal, but it would be nice to get rid of them - and it has some stuff stuck on it in various places.

Cool, I just might do that! Smile

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Re: Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by Shumer on Fri May 22, 2015 9:52 am

I'm doing a restoration on a thunder 1 as we speak so any obstacles I come across and save you the same pain, I'll share them. Good luck

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Re: Repainting Thunder 1?

Post by KaylaS96 on Sun May 24, 2015 2:34 pm

That would be great! Thanks!

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