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Grain Filler question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Precision345, Jun 25, 2013.


  1. Precision345

    Precision345

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    Hi,

    I recently removed the paint and sanded down my peavey zodiac and I need to fill some spots on the back and front and level it out a bit. I was wondering what grain filler would be good to use and where to purchase it?

    Any help would be appreciated! thankss
     
  2. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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    Are you planning to do a "stain-grade" finish, or paint?

    What kind of wood is your bass made of?
     
  3. Precision345

    Precision345

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    Paint. I believe its alder
     
  4. wcoffey81

    wcoffey81

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    if it was me doing the work i would use something like this: http://www.levineautoparts.com/icing.html or this: http://www.levineautoparts.com/spotlite.html because i come from the bodyshop trades. but it would be pricey for a single use.
    if the damage is deep i might go with one of the two part epoxy repairs that come in a double syringe at lowes or any hardware store.
    if the damage is shallow just rough it up a little and use any name brand wood putty.
    whatever you decide on plan on more than one coat and give the repair plenty of dry/cure time.

    the links i posted are to a site that i have never bought from so use it as a reference only. even amazon should offer a similar product.
     
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  6. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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  7. Precision345

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  8. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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    It should be OK for small defects. But, it is a water-borne filler, and will remain softer, and be more prone to shrinking and cracking than the ones mentioned above.

    When in doubt, it is always worthwhile to conduct a limited test before using a new product; if the test goes well, proceed; if not, your project won't have suffered, and a lot of time will have been saved.

    If I recall correctly, there's a section on putties in the sanded-in oil finish tutorial, below.
     
  9. Precision345

    Precision345

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    I used it and it seems okay. It's pretty dry and cracky already but I'm going to sand over it to make it flush with the surrounding grain before I continue to primer. Thank you for all your help thus far
     

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