Starting with some back story: After quite a bit of searching and waiting, I found this beautiful Yamaha Motion B on Ebay and soon it was sent my way. Photos from the seller: But when it arrived, it had been dropped in transit, the box had some crush damage, and the bottom strap hanger had been crushed into the body of the bass. The result was wood damage and flaking off of a quarter-sized area of the beautiful transparent teal finish. Removal of the strap button caused even more finish to flake off. I contacted the seller, Ken, and he was very sorry about it, and we worked together to get the insurance to pay for repairs. Because it came from Japan, it was quite a saga to get the two different countries' post offices to line up and complete the steps they needed to. But at last, he got paid the insurance money and sent me what the quote was to repair the damage. However, my normal luthier friend was booked and said that he does not trust himself to do color matching on finish, so I decided to take on the project myself. This forum thread will be that story. How I did the work, where I am, and how it turns out in the end.