Painting over screw holes

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Precision345, Jul 22, 2013.


  1. Precision345

    Precision345 Supporting Member

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    Hi tb,

    I'm going to paint my bass but I am concerned about covering up the screw holes with paint for the pickguard, bridge, control plate etc. what can I do to keep these safe? My plan was to put the screws in and drip wax onto them and then after it has been painted i was going to take the screws out and then clean them off with paint thinner or mineral spirits. Would that work? Surely there is a better way of doing this.
  2. Hopkins

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    Just paint over the screw holes. The screw will go right through any paint that gets in them with no issues.
  3. hover

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  4. Hopkins

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    Not exactly, That thread was about getting rid of a pick guard and doing away with the screw holes.

    The OP in this thread was worried about them being filled up with paint. The pick guard is going to be reinstalled on his instrument.
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  6. hover

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    Apologies, man I really am not batting a thousand lately.
    I'll fully admit I saw the thread title and jumped to the search right away, my bad.
  7. ma4rk

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    Fill the holes with glue & toothpicks/matches/sawdust then sand over with the exixting paint so it's smooth then re-drill the holes after the refin. I wouldn't bother doing this for the bridge on a Fender type bass as you don't want to lose the location of the bridge screws.
  8. PWRL

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    This.
  9. Hopkins

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    Again, he was just worried about getting paint in the screw holes. The pick guard is going to be reinstalled after the refinish.
  10. ma4rk

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    Haha I know. Was just another suggestion. Otherwise I agree with you, he could just paint over them.
  11. Precision345

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    How will I know where they are? I dont want to probe around plus I'm clear coating it too
  12. Hopkins

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    You will still be able to see them, even if they completely close over there will be what looks like a dent in the finish. You don't need to be able to see every screw hole anyway, as long as you can tell where one or two are, the pick guard and bridge mounting holes will tell you where the ones you cant see go.
  13. Pilgrim

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    The answer is: don't worry about it, just paint the bass and you'll have no trouble putting the screws back in.
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