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Fixing a small chip in your guitar's finish

Issue 174 September 27, 2012

Fixing a small chip in a guitar finish
Dan Erlewine demos three of his favorite finish repair tips: super glue drop fills, Frank Ford's razor blade trick and strip-sanding with fingertip pressure.
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  • checkmarkMatching the guitar's blue finish with ColorTone stains
  • checkmarkPlacing the finish exactly with drop-fill toothpicks
  • checkmarkHot Tip! Finish buildup leveled with a razor blade
  • checkmarkStrip sanding starting with 400-grit
  • checkmarkWet sanding up to 2000-grit with a rubber block
  • checkmarkUsing polishing compound on a rag
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
StewMac Super Glue
First choice in guitar repair shops! Incredible bonding strength for quick jig-making, fretting, inlaying, finish touch-ups, and more.
Mixing Cups
1-ounce plastic mixing cups, graduated for precisely measuring and mixing stains.
ColorTone Liquid Stains
Concentrated guitar colors mix with virtually any finish to beautify wood grain.
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Drop-fill Toothpicks
Handy angled plastic sticks flow drops of glue and lacquer precisely. Less mess!
Sandpaper / Finishing Paper Sampler
See what a difference precision abrasives can make!
Micro-Mesh Finishing Abrasives Kit
Long-lasting "cushioned" finishing papers for a scratch-free mirror shine.
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