scratches on fender sunburst

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by landwomble, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. hi all,
    got some scratches on the black bits of my 75 reissue MIJ jazz. not sure where I've acquired these from and I'm a bit annoyed - they're slight enough that my thumbnail only just catches in them so I figured they might polish out. Anyone got any tips for doing this? Can I use automotive t-cut abrasive polish or similar? any ideas for filling them?
  2. teej

    teej Venmo @teej1986

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Here's how I deal with scratches:
    For deep scratches, dab clear nail polish into the scratch, let that sit overnight. For the not-so-deep ones, omit the nail polish. Use a rubbing compound, followed by a polishing compound, to blend it in. I personally use 3M rubbing and Mequire's Scratch-X polishing compounds since they come in handy-dandy squeeze bottles, they work very well (in my experience), and have a pudding-like consistency, which I prefer over pastes (i.e. Turtle Wax). Having said that, they're each about $7, which is a bit expensive.

    And now a simpler, cheaper approach:
    Omit the rubbing compound and nail polish. You can achieve the same results with just the polishing compound, but it will take longer to buff out. If you're on a budget, get a can of Turtle Wax polishing compound. It works just the same as the more expensive stuff and will probably last at least a year, if not two, with regular polishings.
  3. Widdershins


    Aug 28, 2007
    +1 teej
    If you plan on 'playing' the instrument, I suggest you get over it.
    Most certainly you should take care of your instrument, but ultimately it's a loosing battle. You'll end up driving yourself crazy.:meh:
  4. teej

    teej Venmo @teej1986

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Yeah, everyone is anal about scratches at first, but it's inevitable.
  5. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    let it happen...

  6. i've had it ten years, all of that gigging, thanks! i'm not averse to the odd battle scar if necessary, but that doesn't mean i'm not going to polish out the odd scratch if possible...
  7. Widdershins


    Aug 28, 2007
    Oh yeah, absolutely! I only made my statement because I see people here and in real life who get sooo upset if they as much as leave finger prints... :confused:
    "Out, out damed spot"

    but yeah, the advise given by teej will work for removing/hiding minor sratches:bassist:
  8. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I'd say that the polishing compound idea is sound, but if you don't get the results you want, I suggest you decide to live with it.

    Often, "repair" efforts end up being more of an eyesore than the original blemish.