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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by John Nicholas, Feb 14, 2019.
what would look great on that body is clear lacquer, polished....
I agree 100%!!
What I am most likely going to do is put the body in the drum sander and see how much it has to be sanded for the ding to be gone. It looks like it would be less than 1/16 inch to eliminate the ding.
This body is just so unique, it would be a shame not to try and save it...
Once the ding is sanded out, then I'll re-finish using clear lacquer!!
Right. Or make a new one and sell the dinged body to one of us for cheap.
I was bracing to see a lot more carnage than that, but that ain’t so bad!
Starting to get the feeling that you like this body almost as much as I do...
keep in mind.. ya cannot hear how it looks... and if anyone says anything, just play a little Wilhelm Wagner and ask 'em. . . .can ya do that...? shuts 'em up real fast..
Or saw it back past the dings . . . make it ever slightly more Telly-ish.
I'm not trying to be funny but how about some sort of filler like Plastic Wood?
You're not dumb, just ambitious.
Drill it out and put a knot in there from another board. Make it a "feature".
I would practice on some scrap but with an exacto knife you can cut under the dent not completely cutting through only enough to raise the area, fill underneath, then sand flush. Or learn to love the ding, really too nice a piece to discard.
Best of luck
I like your chances of steaming out the edge one better than the dot-shaped one.
If you are okay with a re-fin, I'd say:
1. sand finish off
2. steam the dents AMAP (corner one might go away after that)
3. consider cutting a plug for the dot-shaped one; if you have some scraps, a well-matched little 1/8" dot could be literally invisible
4. sand it down 1/32"
5. finish in bullet-proof 2-pak urethane ;-)
Wish youself an knot out of slightly darker walnut. I can CNC the positive and negative shape for you. It would be seamless. A fake knot!!!
Why not just re-contour the upper bout to eliminate those dings, then refinish it. It looks as though you wouldn't have to remove more than roughly a 1/2" inch at the worst spot, then gradually taper it. Not sure if that's do-able, but it's a worth a shot to save that body. My mark up is only a rough idea.
Or put an overall radius on it like the Rick Turner have...
Unless you're building this for a customer, I'm for leaving it be. I got some screwdriver dings in a recent esquire build trying to hurry and finish it up before school started. I decided to leave them. I'm the only one who really notices them and it's kind of a rustic (burned wood) finish anyway. My next preferred choice would be mefgames suggestion above. I think sanding down could create new problems and steaming too...if you're not experienced. Only you know your skill level though. If you're building it for yourself, I would leave them be. I couldn't see them on the front. Are they on the back? If so, all the more reason to ignore them. Or, as someone suggested, glue a gemstone in the big one and put a drop of finish in the other. YMMV. It's a beautiful piece of wood. Hope you find a good solution.
I find it hard to believe that steaming will do anything more than reduce those hacks somewhat, which is a help, I guess. I would try sawdust and color in CA and fill and finish, as it looks like the dents are in fairly plain areas. You might luck out. The probability is that this is going to be a blemished body. If it's an important guitar, I would make a new body. If it's a player, then I guess you repair it as best you can and live with it. Occasionally, we wreck stuff. Personally, I would not leave the hacks as they are because they are very visible and pretty ugly. It's quite possible that while filling is unlikely to end up invisible, there's a decent possibility it may end up being quite inconspicuous. Good luck. Sorry it happened.
I used a clothes steamer on dings once and was amazed at how well it worked, but.. the dings weren't as deep, and the body hadn't been finished yet.
So yeah, I'd try steaming first for sure but expect to sand and refinish also.
How about this??
I'll give a few suggestions a try/test..
I suppose it would be simplest to try the iron solution first... What suggestions for heat settings on the iron?? How wet should the cloth be? how far away should the iron be held?
I don't have very high hopes for the iron solution, but if it works, no one will be happier than I will...
Next most requested solution was to plug - fill - inlay similar wood to either make it look seamless or create a "feature". I'm not into the feature idea, so a seamless solution is what I will attempt...
Turns out I still have the offcuts from cutting out the body.
I'm thinking of slicing off a similarly grained chunk and using that as an inlay. The hope is that it will not stick out like a searchlight on a dark moonless night.
I do have some hope for this idea. Although it would be quite a bit of work and still may not work to my satisfaction.
If these few attempts fail, I will put the body on the drum sander and thin the body until the dings are no longer visible, then re-finish the body with clear.
Any tips? Ideas? Caveats before heading down these paths?
With any luck I can try these tomorrow morning and will report back.