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LeftyMeister
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Mar 15th, 2019 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

On my new build, the painter (a local body shop) did a great job but there's a slight finish ridge along the fretboard that I can feel with my hand. I suspect it's from where he removed the tape. What's the best way to polish it down without marring the finish or the fretboard edge?

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Mar 15th, 2019 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

The bestest/safest way is to lay a strip of masking tape about .5 mm from each side of the paint ridge, and then wet-sand with 400, then 600, then 1500, then 2500, and polish.



Use a fingertip to back the abrasive paper as you work, and apply only light pressure. You'll feel it smooth out as you go.

Remember that you don't want to take the paint ridge down flat with the 400; just knock the tops off the ridge.

Follow with 600, and take it down a bit farther, and continue through the finer grits.



LeftyMeister
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Mar 15th, 2019 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! I'll try it.


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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 16th, 2019 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Keep us posted on the results!

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Apr 2nd, 2019 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Would this Stew mac pad kit work as well?
I have a finish chip right next to the fretboard. It's black painted neck with a rosewood fretboard. The top of the fretboard is unfinished. Just want to knock it down so it's not as noticeable when I slide my finger across it.

Soft touch pads

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 3rd, 2019 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rather than sanding the rough edges of the chip to match the bare wood, carefully paint some CA into the chip (called a 'drop fill'. Put it on in layers, with cure time between.

Then sand it smooth.

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Apr 3rd, 2019 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ah...thanks!
Basically, this stuff?

Can I get something similar at like, Michaels'es or Home Depot as long as "cyanoacrylate" is the main ingredient??

Super Glue

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 3rd, 2019 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes. The thin (not gel) stuff. Prop up the guitar so the area you're filling is horizontal to prevent the CA from running out of the repair. Don't lay it in thick. Almost paint it in. This takes time, but it's worth it.

Clean the area first with a drop of alcohol on a paper towel. Make sure it's completely dry before applying the CA.

Try very hard to keep the CA from overlapping the good area of finish. Use magnifying specs, work under a bright light, and use a large sewing needle to apply the CA. Be very surgical, and you'll have a great result.

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