Big chip in body :\

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by t0pher, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. t0pher


    Aug 16, 2008
    I lent my jazz out to a friend while I was gone for an extended period of time and got it back with a pretty substantial chunk of my clear coat missing on the upper horn right next to the strap button. Its a natural finish fender jazz bass.

    Any thoughts on what I can do to fill this in?


  2. Clear nail polish works okay.
  3. Take to shop send friend bill!LOL

    Good luck!
  4. This, but make sure you tell your friend about the damage first. Make sure he owns up to it.
  5. t0pher


    Aug 16, 2008
    Thanks guys. Any thoughts on just filling it with lacquer or even epoxy? I don't feel like having it sit in a shop for 3 weeks because it is my only bass.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    and yet again, "cause"... "effect".
    for example...
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If he didn't own up to it and offer to pay for repair, he's not a very good friend.
  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Is it a lacquer finish? How about some poly or some CA.
  9. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    go see the friend... Bring the bass... use the bass as a club to knock out friend... because hes just bought the bass now...
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i doubt that's lacquer; unless it's a natural finish fender from the late '60s or earlier, or an AV reissue '62 in natural (i don't know that either of those things actually exists), it's gonna be poly of some sort.

    the OP doesn't want to part with it, but any"homebrew" attempt is going to be permanent, and make proper fixing impossible afterwards.

    i recommend he get it done right.
  11. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    +1. and btw, fender didn't offer nitro natural finishes in the 60's, and every natural vintage one that i've seen was poly since Fender didn't offer a natural finish untill late 1972.
  12. t0pher


    Aug 16, 2008
  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    that's definitely poly.
    you'll have to call around for prices, but i'd expect that making it "like it never happened" will be pretty expensive, while just filling the area with something to seal it up, smooth the edges, and prevent further chipping wouldn't be so bad.
  14. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    a full pro strip and refin would probably run you anywhere from $300-$450, but if it were mine, i'd just fill it in and rebuff it.
  15. john grey

    john grey

    Apr 19, 2011
    Oracle, Arizona
    I think it's polyurethane (I'm not seeing a year but if it's fairly new.....) There is also a possibility of isocyanate ploymers that are "trade secret" finishes but unlikely (in a unique case, sometimes they are DESIGNED to be patched through what's known as monomer functional groups i.e. finishes) that bond with existing cured polys. Cause is most likely a metal bracket contacting on the strap but that's immaterial. I agree that to make it look like it NEVER happened would be a pretty serious agenda. but you could come fairly close if you had a sample to work with. What would need to be done is to reduce the "wall" of the chip so that a shadow is not obvious or steep.
    Hard Poly finishes respond somewhat like acrylic in that they can melt from too much speed in buffing - however they also can gloss enough on a "ledge" (in a chip) to obscure the wall. The strap button needs to come off and a very gentle and SLOWER buffing would need to start at a mid-level compound until all the "wall" were reduced & then a very fine gloss buffing (again at slow speed) should be attempted. If you even considering this you need to get a very high magnification lens and see if any finish is left on the wood. IF there is naked wood I doubt it will work that well. IF there IS some finish on the floor of the chip, it may work fairly well. The real work is getting all the compound or any buffing pad material out from the chip or chip wall. It would need to be totally clean so as to not attract the eye from the surrounding area of the chip. It's cleaned up with ethyl alcohol only! Polar & non-polar solvents must be kept separate for any work on a "poly" (meaning hard clear polymer) finish. You have to have a sample - at minimum to determine what you're working with.

    PERSONALLY - I would not put anything over it other than a hard polymer & even then I doubt I would try a patch unless I knew exactly what had been used. The distinction against the wall of the chip will make it look MORE obvious. If you are actually down to the wood, you have to make some serious decisions becasue a "patch" of polyurethane would only work out if you could remove all steep grades from the chip and remove any & all debris.

    Why does this type of thing keep coming up? People loan "friends" valuable instruments - and the "friends" treat them like trash????
  16. Like usual - the terms 'poly' seem to cover all the various 'polys' out there - and that aint true at all.

    What you likely have is a polyester clear coat - that's the Fender/Squier and about everybody else's way of getting a glossy clear coat. Think: surfboards.

    IF you use lacquer on it - expect troubles. Maybe. Likely, is more like it though.

    If you use polyurethane - you MIGHT get big troubles - or maybe not. It depends on the 'green-ness' of the under coat that still exists and if it's still gassing out and therefore reactive to anything that gets put over it.

    This isn't a good day to guess if you are using the right product of not - it takes a professional, although accidentally one might accidentally stumble upon an accidental decent repair by accident.

    Nail polish, however, is a definite NO.

    In any case - how much do you want this to go away? :meh:
  17. t0pher


    Aug 16, 2008
    Honestly, I don't care what it looks like as long as it is a functional repair.*
  18. Then slap some paste wax on it and be done.

    I thought this bass was something special to you and you needed a way to get it repaired if your 'friend' was gonna fess up and pay for it.

    I guess not.
  19. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    I would be bummed, but I'd put some clear nail polish in it and forget about it. With the right strap it will be covered away.
  20. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    awesome! now how about some definitions?

    "polar" vs. "non-polar"? referring to the molecules themselves? what is which?

    superglue is often used to "fix" a patch like that, not to make it pretty, but just to seal the exposed wood, extend the hard edges of the hole into a smooth coating again, and prevent any further chipping. thoughts?