Drop fill repair on Sonic Blue Tele chip

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  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I know most wouldn’t do this repair but I did.
    It’s second time I’ve done a StewMac drop fill repair.
    I used a ReRanch touch up pen.
    The color match wasn’t perfect as it was the first time I did this on another chip but this Tele is over 9 years old and has faded over that time. You can only notice it when you view it from closer than 12”. The area itself it smooth as glass.
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    That is a nice fix! It's good to be fearless as long as you take your time with stuff like this.

    One cool trick for matching finish color for little chip repairs like this is to take your guitar to the cosmetics section of any department store and look through the selection of fingernail lacquers.

    You will find a color really close to that on your guitar, and a bottle of the stufff is just a couple of dollars. Take your guitar with you; don't try to guess, because you can be way off without a comparison.
     
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    I tried the nail polish on a guitar and it does work well. The ReRanch pens are excellent in terms of color matching. Like I said, the finish on this guitar has faded just enough for the new lacquer to be slightly off. It went on perfectly but dried just a slight shade darker. You can only see it in certain light and angles. It's not noticeable. I'm pleased with the result. This is a Custom Shop and I am pretty particular about it.
    The important thing also was to stabilize the area so more finish doesn't flake off.
     
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    Looks good, how did you smooth it out?
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    I followed Dan Erlewine's instruction from YouTube.
    You drop enough lacquer to go above the finish.
    Using a single edge razor blade you gently "shave off" some of the excess.
    You take strips of 400, 600, 800 grit sandpaper and with just the gentle pressure of your index finger holding it over the repair you pull it through over and over. He calls this strip sanding.
    Then you use very fine wet sand paper (2000, 3000, 4000, up to 12000) to smooth it out. (StewMac has these micro mesh sanding pads which is what I used)
    The last step is applying finishing compound and hand buffing.
    Smooth as the original finish.
     
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