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Ash chip repair

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Slowtwitch, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. Slowtwitch

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    I'm doing a gloss clear finish on this Ash tele.

    While sanding there was a small tear-out chip from the grain.
    I filled it with ash sawdust and wood glue.

    It looks more like a wood imperfection than a fix, but what could I have done to make it blend in better?

    And would this pass a quality control inspection for a clear coat body?

    It's not very deep, but using just super glue or similar wouldn't be enough to fill
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  2. guitarbuilder

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    I guess maybe a sliver of the scrap from that area whittled in and glued. It wouldn't be perfect, but it would probably appear lighter.
     
  3. Slowtwitch

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    Would that repair pass in your books Marty?
     
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    I guess that all depends on who the body is for :).
     
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    It appears the color of the wood glue was the problem. Clear gorilla glue might have been a better choice.
     
  6. Freeman Keller

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    That is a very hard repair to make that does not appear obvious. With dark colored wood you can frequently mix sanding dust with CA or epoxy and fill the tear out, unfortunately with lighter wood the repair absorbs finish and turns darker than the parent wood. I probably would have tried sanding a bit more round over and drop filling with whatever my clear finish was.
     
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    Take an exacto knife and cut out the repair down to clean wood. Put a coat of finish in the chip so it matches the surrounding wood. Tape off the side of the body extending the tape up to the level of the top. Drop fill with medium CA glue in multiple , shallow fills. Start with a drop fill at the edge of the body at the round-over. Let it dry and repeat until you have the wide end of the sliver filled. Then fill the shallow end , sand and level for finishing. Because the fill is clear, you will see the interior wood through the CA from any angle you look.
     
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