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Old October 16th, 2006, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to fix chips in tinted neck finish!

Ok, I (unexperienced) was trying to replace the first 7 frets on a mij 52 ri neck and scratched the beautiful tinted gloss finish off on several spots. How can I retint and just touch up the finish on these spots? if it 's possible at all. Thank you.

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Old October 16th, 2006, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)

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It will be tough to get an exact match, but may be possible.

What I'd do (for lacquer) is get TransTint medium brown and amber tints and mix them until I could create a good match on scrap. Use a pretty thin mix of toner to lacquer so you can build it up a little bit with several passes using an airbrush. Then I'd mask the chip as closely as I could (using paper masking tape you can often tear ragged edges that are a close match).

If you've done a good job you can use some sandpaper to feather in the overspray job so it looks just about seamless. Afterwards, spray clear over it it all.

I imagine you can do something similar with poly, but you'd have to find the clear poly somewhere.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 07:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very difficult to accomplish without doing a complete refin. The human eye can detect incredibly minute differences in color hue. But whatever ya do will probably be better than what ya already got.

I'd clean the scratched areas with naphtha and try a toothpick point drop fill with some shader polyU (tinted clear polyU). Since it's a small area(s) the finish might just self level - if not, a piece of broken off single edge razor blade can be used as a mini leveler, then buff out with some kinda compound like Finesse It II, or gritty toothpaste. Ya need a lotta patience to do all of this, and time.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use jewelers epoxy and

amber (or whatever color) dye. This crystal clear, 15 minute epoxy is very special in that it is designed to be buffed. Just add tint (sounds so simple huh?) to get the color you need and drop fill the hole. It has a good flow/leveling viscosity so you have to be able to level the spot while it cures. It is 15 minute cure but the dye slows it down a lot. I usually let it sit overnite before working it level. I over fill and then level it back using a sharp microscope slide followed by the usual wet sanding buffing schedule. Brand name is Epoxy 330, you can find it searching the web for jewelers epoxy.
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