Repairing a Finish

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by 2011Pbass, Dec 2, 2012.


  1. 2011Pbass

    2011Pbass

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    I have a P-bass (3 tone sunburst) that has two chips in the finish right under the upper horn. I was wondering what the best way to go about repairing this. i.e. methods and supplies.
     

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    What kind of bass??

    If its a cheapie, cover the chip with black sharpie and then flood it with CA glue to seal it and stop it from chipping more.

    If its a more expensive bass you'll want to do a much better coverup.
     
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    Testor's model paint.
     
  4. The Birdman

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    Fill the chip a thin layer at a time with black fingernail polish, let each layer dry until it is COMPLETELY dry (6-8 hours is good), and then polish it out with Stewart-MacDonald fine polishing pads:

    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishi...ers/Micro-Mesh_Soft_Touch_Finishing_Pads.html

    Start at 3200 or 3600, then go finer grade by grade until you have gotten it as smooth as possible with the 12000 grit. Then I use the Swirl Remover:

    http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishi...s,_buffers/ColorTone_Polishing_Compounds.html

    This has worked for me. Done properly, one cannot tell there was an nick.

    Testors model paint is good if you just want the nicks filled and covered, but the paint is too soft to do any sanding or polishing. Been there, done that.

    Roger
     
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