Repairing significant finish chips

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by DJS, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. DJS


    Feb 10, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    I'm reasonably skilled with sanding and varnishing simple furniture and woodworking projects, but am not sure where to start on this. Is it possible to repair the chips without stripping the whole thing down to bare wood?

  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    If you can find an color match you can sand the broken areas down to the sealer coat, build the low spots back up with a primer/surfacer touch up the area and re clear the whole bass.

    The problem is, it wouldn't much more work to just refinish the whole thing and get a better result in the end. Personally, I think your best bet is to just leave it alone. Maybe wick some CA glue into that long crack to keep it from spreading.
  3. DJS


    Feb 10, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Thanks. That's kind of what I thought. There's no easy solution. I wonder if this might a good relic project. I haven't seen many relic 5 strings.