Argh, made a small dent in flame maple top...

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  1. goodchicken

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    A bit dropped onto the top of my nice flame maple top and made a small dent (I'd show a pic, but my phone camera wouldn't really focus in on it properly). So it's not really big, about 1mm in size.

    I don't want to keep sanding on the top to take it out, it'd be a lot of sanding and I've already made this body 1 5/8 to try and lighten it up. Any ways you guys would tackle this? I've heard of steaming dents out. Or maybe some kinda filler that wouldn't be so noticeable when I apply dye to the top?

    Thanks for your thoughts!
     
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    Steaming. If fibers are not broken that much, it works like charm.
     
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    Use a damp cloth, you can even fill the dent with a drop of water and heat it with a soldering iron.
     
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    Joining the chorus, steaming does indeed work.
    You may still want to call in a pro.
    I did it with a piece of wet terry clothwrapped around a soldering pencil.
     
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    ...and it never hurts to practice first - if you have some leftover/cut off pieces (same wood) you can get the feel of it on scraps before you work on the real thing...
     
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    Ok guys, will try steaming a dent on a scrap piece first.

    Thanks guys! This forum is great :D
     
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    I use a damp cloth and an iron works like a charm
     
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    Worked perfectly. Thanks again!
     
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    I would go for the damp towel and the soldering iron. If that don't do the job then try filling the dent with CA glue then use 2000 grit wet 'n' dry to bring it down flat then buff it up using a soft cloth and Simichrome chrome cleaner polisher. Guaranteed to work, I've just done the same to a friends guitar and he couldn't find the spot again.. S
     
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    I had just purchased a brand new 1992 Les Paul Standard in sunburst, you know, the Les Paul that everyone has. I got it from Guitar Center and it was quite honestly one of the most perfect guitars I have ever owned. About a month later I took it to a local guitar store to have them put new pickups in in. When I got the guitar back there was a small dent right on the maple cap where a tool was dropped on it.

    I was angry, but not nearly as angry as when the dingbat I was dating at the time told me, "Oh, just put come nail polish on it and stop complaining."

    Latest report is that she, at my age (51), is crazy and still living with her mom, so that explains a lot.
     
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