Best way to repair a large ding ?

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  1. Shredzilla

    Shredzilla Member

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    What is the best product to use to fill a large (1.5"x.5" in this case) ding (through the finish) ? Any tips/tricks for this procedure ?
     
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    I just thrash harder 'til it all evens out.
     
  3. Shredzilla

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    Unfortunately, not that much thrashing occurs in my living room.
     
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    A couple shots of Jack Daniels.
     
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  6. Jahn

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    maybe steam it out? but that will ruin the finish, so get ready for a refin.
     
  7. straycat113

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    Is it a Nitro or Poly finish?
     
  8. larimar

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    Good question. Pic's from the Op might help as well.
     
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    Sell it as a relic.
     
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    How does one get a 5 inch dent?
     
  11. Jammer2393

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    rather than repairing the guitar, repair the issue you have with it in your brain.
     
  12. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    So many rude posts! :)

    Take the guitar to a store that sells lots of colors of fingernail polish. Match the color as best you can. Buy polish. Apply multiple coats until it builds up even with the rest of the finish.

    Not perfect, but it will more or less blend in, and it will help protect the rest of the finish.

    Cheers!
     
  13. Prerequisite

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    I have a pretty deep ding on my Tele as well as a few smaller ones.. I'm estimating about 18 years til I get to relic'd status.
     
  14. BondoLonnie

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    Drop fill with coloring added.
     
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    Needs a pic really, 'ding' is not a v precise term, and it depends where it is in some respects.

    I would generally second BondoLonnie's suggestion - drop-fill with superglue + colouring. It can be wet sanded and polished when dry. I only bother with stuff like this if it's on the neck and I can feel it.

    This is the steaming method - I've tried this a couple of times - it reduces the dent rather than fixing it completely.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDSQ7u_ii00
     
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  16. apoyando

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    In order to get accurate advice please tell us what kind of guitar it is, when made, etc etc.
    THIS GUITAR COULD BE a vintage Martin, grandad's 50's LP ( I know unlikely , but stiill) OR a Hondo from the 80s, a Custom shop relic, etc etc..what is appropriate and cost-effective will vary....a pic would indeed help
     
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    If you PLAY an instrument rather than just set it in a glass case and look at it, it will get dings. I say learn to love 'em...
     

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