I got a pretty sweet deal on an Pelham Blue Epiphone Thunderbird over the weekend. The bass looks to be in fairly new condition, except there are four healthy chips/gouges in the finish from being dropped.
The largest area of damage is on the upper rear edge (by my right elbow when playing), and is about 1-1/2" x 1/2". There is a large 1" x 1/4" chip in the middle of that area that's loose underneath but still attached. I'm looking for advice on the best way to repair a larger area like this that wraps around the edge of the bass. I'm not looking for perfection... I'm just hoping to touch it up, keep it from getting worse, and smooth the rough edges (it catches really easy on my shirt, the couch cushions, etc.)
I've done some reading on here and on Reranch, and I'm pretty sure the T-Bird has a some kind of poly sealer/primer, then color coat, then clear poly. I'd be inclined to fill in any gouged wood with crazy glue, dab in the color with a small brush, then build up the final surface with either crazy glue or poly (shave, sand, polish, etc). This is is the part where I'm not certain. I want to end up with as smooth of a finish as possible when all is said and done. Considering that this is a pretty large area to repair, am I better working with crazy glue or polyurethane? Also, what should I do about any loose/cracked paint -- work with it/around it, or remove it before making the repairs?