Guitar Refinishing

Refinishing is a major part of Rexter Guitars because of the wide range of vintage accurate colours I offer and my borderline OCD attention to detail.

Prices start at £250, but every refin is different so please contact me for a detailed and accurate quote. 

As vintage guitar prices remain high, the best bargains are often to be found in a 60s Fender or Gibson that has sadly lost it's original finish. For me there's little more heartbreaking than seeing a 1960s Fender that has been stripped of its original custom colour and badly refinished. Nonetheless, this is in many ways the perfect entry point to the vintage market. I can undertake a full strip and refinish of such instruments and restore them to their original glory with a nitrocellulose lacquer refinish in any colour you want. If you need the finish ageing to match the original parts, that's no problem. I can also reassemble the guitar with a full professional setup to make sure you instrument comes back to you ready to play.

It's not just vintage guitars that come my way for refins, but many instruments with a sentimental value that just need a makeover. Colour is a powerful force and stirs many emotions and evokes feelings. Maybe this is why I've had everything from old Squier Strats to boutique brand bodies like Suhr, Fender Custom Shop and Lentz through my hands to refinish.

Here is a 1964 Jazzmaster restored to a vintage correct Candy Apple Red with Inca Silver undercoat. It came to me with a decent but rather gloopy and thick Olympic White refin. The owner wanted a colour that was both exciting to the eye and correct for 1964.

Candy Apple Red Jazzmaster Vintage Fender 1964 Rexter refin

The worst part about the original refin was that the neck had been coated in a horrible thick fake tan orange lacquer. Fortunately the original wear was largely intact on most of the neck apart from headstock and around the heel that had been hit worst by the fake tan. 

With careful stripping and sanding I managed to gradually remove most of the orange and respray the neck with a far more tasteful tinted lacquer, blending this into the original wear on the back of the neck to maintain a super silky worn in feel.

 Here's a more recent Jazzmaster - and a great example of how a well-loved guitar can be given a new lease of life with a stunning new paint job.

The thick finish on this AVRI Jazzmaster was coming off in chunks. These models used a thin nitro top coat over a very thick poly sealer coat, surprising to some, but Fender have been doing this since the 60s on most of their non Custom Shop USA models.

I carefully stripped the existing finish – being sure to not alter the body contours or roundover in any way –  before sealing, priming and refinishing in a 100% nitrocellulose Lake Placid Blue. Thanks Brian for the picture of it finally back home and assembled.