Weird cracks in finish

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  1. hamerfan

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    I bought this strat body of unknown origin. Ash with hard finish (PU?). It looks like two separate hard layers, color and clear. I am about to fix it with black CA glue. There are nice vids on youtube.
    But how can fix this separation of the clear and color? The gap seem to be minimal. Maybe thin clear CA under the layer as first step before the black CA?

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  2. Sea Devil

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    That's not going to be a good fix no matter how you do it. You should get the color on the wood first and use clear CA instead. Mohawk makes excellent Brush Tip Graining Markers that can do the job.
     
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    That's a polyester finish. Polyurethane does not fracture like that.

    A spot finish in a color gradient area like that is extremely difficult to repair and have it blend well. @Sea Devil makes a good suggestion about coloring the wood and following with clear.
     
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    Stain/Dye the amber color first. Then do a couple shallow fills with CA until it is almost level with the finish. Mix up your Vintage Brown/Black and use an airbrush to spray dark part of the burst and the gradient. One dry, do a couple CA leveling coats to barely over-filled. Wet-sand and buff.

    I'm not sure if those are reflections at the top of the chip or if delamination occured. If delaminated,you may be able to save that by allowing the CA to wick in when you over-fill.
     
  5. Freeman Keller

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    I have had acceptable results with Gluboost products

    https://gluboost.com/flexible-repair-finish-products/

    In that case I would certainly stain the wood as close to the final color as possible so it doesn't show thru the colored CA

    ps - nothing "weird" about that, the guitar got dropped
     
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  6. Sea Devil

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    That Gluboost stuff looks amazing! Excellent recommendation.
     
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    I like it road worn.
     
  8. Freeman Keller

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    Be sure to read their instructions and watch their vids. I think Robbie O'Brien has some good videos on its use too.
     
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