I started this project with another post involving me, a crackerbox $30 mandolin and a superglued bridge. Now that the bridge (and a hunk of finish) are off, I'm trying to figure out how to remove the finish down to bear wood.
Now, I know from many, many other posts that the general opinion is that you don't do this. But I want to learn how to do it when I don't have to, so I will know how to do it when I do have to.
The finish is a very thick, plasticky layer. What it is I don't know, but given the cheapness of the instrument and the thickness and shine it's got to be poly-plastic-something or other.
Question one: How do I identify the finish?
Question two: how do I get this crap off? Someone suggested that I try mineral spirits, which had no effect at all. So, what now? Acetone? Xylene? Chemical stripper? Heat gun?
Thanks in advance for all of your input.