Acoustic repair

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by bendeane, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. bendeane

    bendeane Tele-Meister

    Sep 30, 2012
    Kansas City
    Probably not the right forum, but I'm giving it a shot. I have a nice acoustic that I assume humidity (or lack thereof) has gotten the best of. It's a Taylor with UV coating and the binding has separated from the body. In a few places, it's taken some shards and even small chunks of the wood with it. I'm thinking of ripping off all the offending binding, sanding, replacing with new binding and touching up the bad spots.

    My questions are this, what is there that could possibly fill the chunks missing that might not cover the beauty of the wood? Also, what clear finish is appropriate to use? It would need to stick to the existing UV coating.

    Any suggestions on how to proceed would be awesome. Pics to come.
  2. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Without seeing pix yet, I'd think your best bet would be to reglue the separated binding, along with the wood chunks, back in place
  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I would also just fix it and not attempt a new binding job... you may make it look worse...just my 2 cents. You could tint some epoxy or use a colored wood filler and or sharpies for touch up.
  4. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    Yep, smells like trouble brewing to me, too.

    If you can just make a nice little repair job of it, things will be much less complicated. Another thing you could consider, if the damage is worse than we imagine, would be to rout away the binding in its entirety, and replace it with slightly taller (wider?) binding to eliminate a wavering edge line- but there would have to be pretty extensive damage to the original to warrant this type of repair.
  5. Ed Miller

    Ed Miller Tele-Meister

    Dec 27, 2006
    Coldwater, MI
    Big ol' can O-worms. How do you feel about a sunburst top? easiest way would be to Humidify it, stabilize the damage with super glue, fill in the missing chips with wood filler and level. Remove the bridge and pickguard, scuff the top by wet sanding the fiinsh flat with 2000 grit sandpaper and spray a sunburst over the top. Scrape the binding and spray a gloss or satin Lacquer on the top. Nitro will bond to the UV if you break the gloss on the top. and the super fine paper will assure that the scratches in the UV aren't so deep that they won't fill and be hidden by the Lacq overspray. I don't have the set up to spray urethane. That is why I'd use Nitro.
    Having rebound bodies before. I'd avoid that if at all possible. If a natural finish is what you want though, I can understand that too.

    Can you post some pictures??
  6. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    +1 ;)
  7. Mainframe

    Mainframe TDPRI Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Check out Bob Taylor's video on youtube about humidity and repairing guitars, you may just need to humidify and glue it.
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