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Using a flash coat for guitar finish touchups


Issue 246 July 02, 2015



Dan Erlewine learned this trick at Gibson’s factory back in the 60s: Three jars, three mixes of lacquer and thinner always ready for “flash coat” touch-up spraying. This finish repair hides a batch of punctures in a Gibson archtop.
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About the guitar in this video: This 1949 Gibson L-48 had a lot of holes in it, probably left over from someone’s attempt to electrify it.

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkThe 4:1 flash coat mix
  • checkmarkRepairing holes with round mahogany patches
  • checkmarkUsing amber super glue as a colored base coat
  • checkmarkNo spray guns used: Prevals did a great job!

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