Bobkat attack! (Harmony content)

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  1. max_twang

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    Hey Folks,

    I just picked up a Harmony Bobkat H-15 variant. This one is a "Holiday," apparently sold by the Alden catalog.

    As you can see from the pix, someone (a child, I was told) took a saw to the body and made a bunch of cuts at the upper waist. One piece of wood between two of the cuts is a little mobile.

    I'd like to do some DIY repairs. I'm definitely not a woodworker though. I was thinking that the cuts and missing chunks could be filled, but I'm not sure what to use for this. Then, because the cuts do not seem to extend past the black rim of the sunburst, I though a little black spray paint might be just the thing to hide the whole mess and make it look pretty.

    I would appreciate any suggestions for materials (filler and paint) as well as tips for techniques to help this come out as well as possible.

    Thanks indeed for your ideas! Bobkat 1.jpg Bobkat 3.jpg
     
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    Like your silver face twin! Looks like the one I owned in college (about 1981). Sadly, I can't offer any advice on the guitar.
     
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    If it doesn’t bother your forearm, leave it as is and make up a really interesting story. Knife fight in Peoria is a reliable standby.
     
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    I remember seeing those guitars at Montgomery Ward and G.C. Murphy department stores in my childhood.
    Cool!
     
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    It doesn't bother my forearm, but it really offends my sense of aesthetics :)

    A knife fight would be a good story though!
     
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    I'd stabilize that loose part, even if it meant breaking it completely out to reglue.
    ~disassemble guitar

    Use something like Martin Senour glazing compound (because it doesn't shrink) to fill all the gouges. Wet sand until the filler is level with the original finish. Look with your fingertips and your eyes.
    Dust it with some black spray paint. I'd probably use Rustoleum Speciality black spray paint.
    Wet sand and buff as much or little as you want.
    Of course it won't be perfect, but we're not doing a complete refin.
    Dang I typed a bunch. Sorry.
    Cool guitar, worth saving.
     
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    Those guitars sound awesome
     
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    Name it Sharky.
     
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    Glue in the loose pieces and cracks fill with Bondo, sand, and paint.
     
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    It's a great sounding amp -- even at low volumes. It more or less lives in my house and I cart around amps that are lighter. I once cranked it and later discovered that I broke a pane of glass in my double pane windows :oops:
     
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    Thanks for the reply :)

    I planned to stabilize the loose piece.

    When you say "Bondo" are you referring to this?

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    Yes. We used automotive Bondo in the cabinet/furniture trades for all of my adult life on painted pieces. I've used that product more recently. Pretty much the same.
     
  13. Freeman Keller

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    Bondo is not unreasonable for filling the cuts. The problem will be the finish - what you probably have on there now is some sort of poly in which case it will be hard to do the over spray. I know I can repair a 'burst done in lacquer but not other finishes.

    Here is bondo in a badly broken LP neck (the break itself was glued with AR)

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    Cool, thanks for that!
     
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    I would make the cuts clean with a chisel and glue some more wood in the larger gaps, shape with a electric sander or Dremel, then skim with bondo and hand sand to blend before refinishing. Of if that's too much work you could just put some nail polish on it.:)

    They look more like angry ex machete chop marks to me.
    Did the previous owner walk with a limp or have a unusually high voice?
     
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    Hmmm...if I recall correctly, lacquer won't stick to poly, right? How sure are you that the original finish is poly? It shows some finish checking and looks pretty thin, so I assumed it was lacquer...
     
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    I think it's quite possible it's lacquer too. The cheapest, easiest, fastest drying production finish available in mid 60s USA. Easy to find out under the pickguard with a little acetone or lac thinner on a Q-tip.
     
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    I would not have known to try this without your suggestion. Thanks!
     
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    Remove a tuner and put a drop of lacquer thinner on the finish. If it softens it is lacquer. If it doesn't it is something else. I knew that the finish on the LP above was lacquer (the guitar is from the '80's as I recall and Gibson was using nitro at that time).

    I have had some luck repairing blcak poly finishes by drop filling with black CA but the damage to yours is just too great for that. Here is a G&L that was dropped off the stage onto gravel

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    and the repair

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    not perfect but better than it was.

    The real solution is to shoot one of the two part auto finishes with proper prep, but I'm not set up to do that. I've never had any luck trying to fade color with spray cans - I use my detail gun or air brush when I finish my guitars.

    If it is lacquer you are in luck and can probably do an adequate job with rattle cans of black and clear.
     
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    Wow, that came out great. If I could get results like that I'd be more than satisfied. Thanks for the tip. I'll give the lacquer thinner a try.
     
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