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Should I try to fix this?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by GreenAcidJam, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. GreenAcidJam

    GreenAcidJam TDPRI Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    United States
    Got this ding a while back and its been bothering me ever since. I've been reading up on how to fix it, and i was considering using the steam technique, but the paint isn't chipped off. It is really deep and noticeable too. I was also thinking of maybe sanding it a bit, trying to uncompress the wood, and then paint it with lacquer. Can someone who is good with these kinda things tell me what I should do or if it is even fixable? The pictures are a bit blurry.

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  2. terrybellcountr

    terrybellcountr Tele-Holic

    Aug 16, 2009
    Naa, you've just reliced your guitar.

  3. TeleKato

    TeleKato Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2011
    Naples, FL
    I have a similar issue with a pickguard hole that is now exposed as I reconfigured my guitar into a 'custom' design. I even sent off for fancy touch-up pens that use real lacquer and color-match with Fender colors.

    After one attempt, what I got looked worse. So I'm stopping. I have a neat little lapel-pin that looks like the flag of Quebec ... it sticks in the hole and covers the spot nicely. And i feel Canadian (French-Canadian). Which is nice.

  4. mimmo

    mimmo Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 18, 2010
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    Leave it that way please....

  5. harold h

    harold h Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 15, 2004
    Steam may do it. A damp rag and an iron cant

  6. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Iowa USA
    Admin Post
    The finish film appears to be cracked.

    You might remove the deficit with steam but the crack will remain.


  7. castpolymer

    castpolymer Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2008
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    I just put happy face stickers over dents.

  8. GreenAcidJam

    GreenAcidJam TDPRI Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    United States
    I don't really care about the finish, its just the dent is so deep. I don't know if the steam will get to the wood, because none of the finish chipped off. Will steam still work if the paint is there?

  9. 20721

    20721 Former Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    San Diego
    Nope. Leave it.

  10. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    You would have to remove the finish to steam the wood under it.

  11. GreenAcidJam

    GreenAcidJam TDPRI Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    United States

  12. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010

  13. old_picker

    old_picker Tele-Afflicted

    the more you fiddle with this the worse it will look
    if you are determined you could try a clothes iron [point] on a wet cloth lying over the crack - the steam may penetrate the cracks and blow the dent out a bit - have the iron hot enough to produce its own steam and push it onto the cloth for maybe 3 seconds at at a time - dont keep it down for too long when you notice the cloth going dry time for more water

    if this is successful you will have lost most of the dent and have the cracked finish sitting on the surface ready to chip and fall off making a bigger mess
    once you are sure it is dry [days later] you could try and seal it off with nail polish and carefully sand and polish it back

    if this is really eating you up move the guitar on and buy another pristine instrument

  14. Vizcaster

    Vizcaster Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2007
    Glen Head, NY
    If you apply enough heat to steam out that dent, you'll wind up bubbling and stripping the finish in that area as if you were using a heat gun. You should only attempt this repair if you're confident that you can spot repair the finish and match the color. Whites and blacks are really, really hard to match because they're never completely neutral and need a little red or yellow.

  15. J.E.M.

    J.E.M. Tele-Meister

    Jun 28, 2011
    Steam or water won't touch and probably will do more damage or at least make it worse.

    You need to drop fill to get rid of it, but first you need to either tint the CA to match your paint or, if you're using clear CA, you need to get rid of the lines of the crack - use nail polish in a matching color, only enough painted on to hide the lines, then use the clear CA,, sand, polish etc.

  16. GreenAcidJam

    GreenAcidJam TDPRI Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    United States
    Does anyone know where and how much it would cost to get this fixed professionally? I'm located in New York City.

  17. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    You are worried too much about it in my opinion. If you can't deal with it, look for a guitar shop that paints guitars. Maybe they'll help you spot repair it.

  18. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I'd accept it, there will be more.

  19. LeroyBlues

    LeroyBlues Tele-Holic

    Apr 23, 2008
    I had a much larger dent/chip in a white Fender Jazz bass I own. I took it to a major, nationally known, guitar shop in Lansing MI to get fixed. They took one look at it and said they wouldn't work on it. They said they could spend several hours working on it and It'd still be noticeable, and I'd be unhappy. Told me I could use finger nail polish and fill it myself.

  20. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    You should call around and find out what it would cost to get it fixed invisibly. Once you hear that number, you'll find it much easier to live with it as it is. ;)

    If the dent bothers you, you could just drop fill it bit by bit with CA.

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