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Finish Chipped Under Knobs: Safe to Ignore?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by golyadkin, Mar 11, 2017.


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  1. golyadkin

    golyadkin

    Mar 5, 2017
    Hello,

    I'm replacing the knobs on an electric bass, and noticed that the finish has chipped where the potentiometers poke through. It won't be visible under the knobs, so I'm mostly interested in knowing if this is something that can lead to bigger issues. Do I need to stabilize this in any way, or is this just what things look like under knobs? Would a rubber washer, masking tape, or something else help?

    Chipped Pots.
     
  2. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    Dab a bit of lacquer or clear nail polish on the chips to keep them from spreading.
     
  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    If you're just changing the knobs why did you remove the pots?

    As to the finish issue, most likely, there should not be a problem (what kind of finish is it - what brand/model bass do you have?). A dab of clear nail polish wouldn't hurt (depending on the kind of finish is on the bass - again, what brand/model bass do you have?).
     
  4. golyadkin

    golyadkin

    Mar 5, 2017
    Thanks!
    I'm actually assembling a new Warmoth, but found some fit issues with the pots. I'm not sure what brand of finish they use.
     
  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I read they use a poly finish, so common acrylic nail polish can be used to fill in those areas to protect/secure them. You could try and color match the area but as they are under the knobs I wouldn't bother with that.
     
  6. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    It looks to me like they'ii even be under the washer for the pot. If that's the case I wouldn't bother trying to repair it.

    How about advising on the fit issues you're having. I'm sure others that build from parts would like the heads up.
     
  7. golyadkin

    golyadkin

    Mar 5, 2017
    I solved the fit issue. All it was was some varnish that had leaked into the hole. However, the fit issue led to the chip.
     

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