Fixing Finish air pocket on side of string nut.

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  1. highwaycat

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    CACBD2BA-6E70-421D-A366-D1DA3AB0DAE3.jpeg How would you fix this air bubble? It moves slightly when I press it.
    I want to upgrade the nut but want to fix the finish.
    The binding has a thick layer of finish.
     
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    It's hard to see what's going on from that picture but I would try to wick some thin superglue under the finish and press it down

    I'd use the water-thin superglue and apply it just as a single drop--put some on a toothpick and let it wick in.

    Have something handy to press the finish down--something other than your finger.
     
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    If you're considering replacing the nut, do that first and then address the finish issues.
     
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    I touched a q-tip with naphtha and it looked like it blended well while wet.
    It’s a clear separating from the black paint. Black paint seems fine and intact.

    edit pictures

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    I have sheets of teflon I could cut up and hold glue. I’m out of super glue I have fish and wood glue.

    What about future sealing the sides of the nut?
     
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    The pictures are really hard to tell anything. If the finish is nitro (I doubt it is) you can drop fill with more nitro. If it is poly (probably) you can drop fill the clear coat with medium CA and if its into the black you can get black CA from StewMac or GlueBoost. You can level scrape CA with a box cutter blade, level sand it with 800 or 1000 grit and buff with compound. If you need instructions look at GlueBoost's web site.

    I would remove the nut, do all the finish repairs, then make the new nut
     
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    Thanks I’ll try super glue. I already made a bone nut for it didn’t glue it though.
     
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    When you finally install the nut just put two very small drops of glue (I usually use medium CA) on either the bottom or the side that abuts the fretboard. You want to hold it in place so it doesn't fall out but you want to be able to easily knock it out in the future without damaging the slot.
     
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