Repairing Dings?

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  1. stevel

    stevel Member

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    My Strat has little dings all over the place, which are not a big deal.

    But, there's one on the back of the neck - I have a dark wood strip down the back of the center of the neck, that ends with a rounded tip roughly behind the 2nd fret (I imagine this covers the truss rod).

    Right at the rounder tip, there's a ding - it's almost as if it's cut out in the shape of the circle but didn't carry over onto the other wood (light colored).

    It's not a super big deal - I only notice it when I'm playing something like a B-minor 2nd fret barre chord. It's mildy annoying but still, if there's a simple fix, I'd consider it.

    Is it possible simply to "fill" this little hole?

    Steve
     
  2. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    you could simply drop fill with it lacquer or super glue etc... Let it dry and then sand it level. Polish it if needed. Shouldn't be too hard and shouldn't look to bad on the maple.(or rosewood? stripe)
     
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    If it is a poly finished neck, super glue is the way to go.
    Drop fill it then lightly sand it with 800-1000.
     
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    Well, need some superglue for one of my kids' projects, so, I'll have some laying around soon. Maybe I'll give it a go.

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
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    If the neck is not finished or has an oil finish you can "pull" dings out with a iron and a towel. It works like magic!

    shesky
     
  7. stevel

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    Nah, it's finished. But that's good info to know! Thanks,

    Steve
     
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    I have the same thing on my Les Paul's neck, there is a small divot and it bothers me. I'll have to try the superglue!
     
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    I wouldn't use super glue on a Les Paul or any guitar finished with lacquer for that matter. Use some lacquer on those.
     
  11. Long2Play

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    no superglue!! that's a lacquer finish... you will have a bigger mess....drop fill with lacquer, let a pro do that one.....
     
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    Well, I hadn't gone out and bought it yet - was waiting for a few more responses :).

    It's going to the tech soon, so I'll ask about it then.

    Steve
     
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    I was responding to the LP drop fill. It is Lacquer, Superglue will more than likely cause a bad reaction, but not always. With your Strat, it depends. If it is a Vintage RI, or certain Artist models or Custom Shop Guitars that could also be Lacquer. Superglue works well on Urethane finishes. A good tech will make the right call....

    Good luck!
     
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    Yes, turns out it's poly (from the tech's mouth) so he'll do the superglue.

    Thanks!
    Steve
     
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    Clear nail polish works well on lacquer, carefully brush in to ding, working it well into the sides of the ding, let it dry (hair dryer may help to cure it more quickly), then 0000 wet and dry to blend it in.
     
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    Sweet! I hope it turned out nice....
     

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