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Any recommendations or tips for using one of these for finish removal on maple necks?

Frank has posted about using one to remove dirt, dust and grime on the interior of a restoration.

With due caution and suitable abrasives is this a practical method?

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Seems exceedingly tedious and difficult to get uniform results.

I've used one on brass and plastic models to remove paint and lettering.  experiment with scraps before using on an instrument.  If the usual aluminum oxide is too damaging, try baking soda--less abrasive but slower.  AO can etch glass... .

if you don't have a suitable blast cabinet, use it outside--the grit can get everywhere.  Wear safety glasses, old clothes and expect to launder everything afterward.  Rinse eyeglasses thoroughly before cleaning or grit can damage the lenses--BTDT.

PS: Harbor Freight has these for much less money than the Paasche or other name brands.  Probably not as precise as the latter but unless your work is very detailed it probably won't make a difference.

Here are images Frank loaded on Frets.com as described previously:

What abrasives are used in this method?

As seen here, Day 3, 600 grit glass beads:

http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Blogs/1867Martin126/1867Martin126_1...

Baking soda seems like a good place to start.

Thanks!!

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