It is almost impossible to avoid nick and chips on an electric guitar. Belt buckles, accidental bumps and general wear and tear take their toll on a guitar. Some guitarists think that chips and nicks add to the character of the guitar. However, little chips and nicks are a source of irritation or annoyance for other guitarists. If imperfections on your guitar's finish bother you, a few simple steps are all you need to repair the finish of the guitar.
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Things you need
- Work table or bench
- Soft blanket
- Naptha fluid or alcohol
- Clear coat
- Blue painter's tape
Set up a work area for the guitar. A flat table or work bench in a well-lighted area is ideal for guitar repair. Lay a soft blanket or cloth on the bench to protect the guitar.
Inspect the paint chip or chips on the guitar. Use additional lighting to accurately see the damage, if necessary.
Sand off loose the edges of loose chips with a fine-grit sandpaper. Continue sanding the areas until it feels smooth to the touch.
Clean the surface area around the chip with naptha fluid or alcohol and a clean soft cloth. Wipe the area several times to remove dirt, grime and contaminants that interfere with the repainting process.
Fill the chipped area with one or two drops of lacquer. This step is only necessary if the chipped area is deep.
Match the paint colour of the guitar. Some online guitar repair websites sell aerosol spray paint that matches the paint colours of Gibson and Fender guitars. Search for a matching paint colour at paint stores or major home supply retailers. Matching the exact paint colour can be difficult because the finish on the guitar fades and ages.
Tape off the surrounding areas around the chip with blue painter's tape to prevent getting paint on other parts of the guitar.
Apply several layers of paint to the chipped area. Lightly spray the chipped area with the paint. Another option is to apply the paint with a small modelling paint brush, which are available at arts and crafts stores. Allow the paint to dry a few minutes. Apply two to three more coats.
Apply two to to three coats of clear coat after the paint is completely dry.
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