Nitro finish lifting-HELP

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  1. emblymouse

    emblymouse I Dig A Pony Supporting Member

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    Just got this bass, I don't know if the cold temps during shipment may be responsible for this. There are numerous areas where the finish is lifting. These are located on edges like around P/U routes and neck pocket. I'd like to prevent these from flaking off and arrest it before it continues.
    Phil Kubicki did something similar to a bass I sent him (not a nitro finish) and used a thin superglue with a fine applicator to get under the edges of the finish and glue it down. Would you recommend this approach? If so, what product would you recommend? Alternative ideas welcome

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  2. pfox14

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    WOW! That's really bad. Don't know if there's any easy fix here. Looks like a very poorly done finish and not temperature-related. If it gets worse, you might have to get a refinish.
     
  3. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    I would send it back or get warranty work done it it. That is real bad for a new bass.
     
  4. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    If it's a new bass it's a crappy paint job. If it's a used bass I'm thinking it was stored in too humid an environment.
     
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  6. emblymouse

    emblymouse I Dig A Pony Supporting Member

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    Used, built 1999. I don't want to do anything that will make a refinish a problem. I'm thinking the Super glue thing would make for big headache.
     
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    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    My OCD says "ohmigod" but my more pragmatic side suggests letting things fall...or fall off...as they may. Consider it a road-worn finish and play the snot out of it.

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  8. JLS

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  9. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do? Supporting Member

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    If you just bought it used, see f seller will take it back. I don't see how you can come out good any other way.
     
  10. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    And you would be right. I've run in to a couple of spots where the poly finish on an MIM cracked around a strap button and the owner would fill the voids with CA or try to glue the chips back in with CA. It makes for a major PITA when it comes time to refinish.
     
  11. emblymouse

    emblymouse I Dig A Pony Supporting Member

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    Thanks everyone. After mulling it over, I'm going to do nothing for the time being and just enjoy the bass, it's a keeper and it was a bargain. I did inquire with Pat Wilkins about price for a refinish and if I get cavalier with ca$h someday it will go to in for a beauty treatment:)
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    The way that's lifting, I would guess that something like wax got onto the wood before the finish was sprayed. It is definitely a defect in the finish, even though it may have taken a long time to appear.
     

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