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1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?

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BCam
Posted 2021-09-24 5:48 PM (#556148)
Subject: 1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?


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I have a couple of small finish dings in the neck of my 1624. I was wondering what to use to fill them.

One is on the back of the top edge of the headstock and goes down to bare wood. The wood is sound. The other is at one of the fret ends and is my fault due to a slip of the file while filing my fret ends.

The headstock chip is about 3cm x 5cm and the fret damage is a little dimple.
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seesquare
Posted 2021-09-25 9:16 AM (#556151 - in reply to #556148)
Subject: Re: 1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?


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You may be in trouble, with those measurements! That is an awfully big chip- about 1-1/4-by-2-inches. You would need to graft a new piece of wood to the headstock for that. Now, if it is 3-by-5-mm, then we're talking 1/8-by-3/16-inch. You could try a little hot steam, if it is a depression/impact dent. Otherwise, you will need to find a piece of (assuming) mahogany to match the grain pattern on the headstock, and carefully inlay the patch.
I am sure other BFLG maestros will have some input here, also.
Best of luck, and go slow.
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BCam
Posted 2021-09-25 12:22 PM (#556153 - in reply to #556148)
Subject: RE: 1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?


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My bad, it is mm not cm. On the headstock there's no damage to the wood, the finish looks like it was hit and flaked off. On the fret end, it's file damage that will need some build-up.

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keldon85
Posted 2021-09-25 2:16 PM (#556154 - in reply to #556148)
Subject: Re: 1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?


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I have had success with things similar to that by using various types of cyanoacrylate (SuperGlue) to seal and fill in the flaw. Stewart MacDonald has several videos where they used the cyanoacrylate glues they sell for doing finish repairs (mostly by Dan Erlewine). I would try a medium viscosity version, let it cure for at least a day to become hard, and then use a trick described by both Dan Erlewine and Frank Ford of using a modified razor blade as a scraper. You use a metal rod to raise a burr on one side of the blade so you can use it as a scraper, and then put two pieces of thin clear tape on the blade so you have an exposed section of the blade just wider than the widest part of the flaw. Scrape the excess hardened glue until you are level with the tape. You can then use another Erlewine trick of using strips of fine grades of sandpaper to finish leveling the flaw by putting the strip between your finger and the flaw surface, and then pulling the strip so that it sands just at the site of the flaw. Repeat with finer grades of sandpaper strips, and then use a polishing compound to bring out the gloss.
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BCam
Posted 2021-09-25 5:36 PM (#556155 - in reply to #556148)
Subject: Re: 1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?


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Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for.
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Standingovation
Posted 2021-09-25 8:25 PM (#556157 - in reply to #556148)
Subject: Re: 1624 Chip Repair - Neck - What to use?



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