How to Repair Paint Chips on Electric Guitars

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How to Repair Paint Chips on Electric Guitars
Chips and nicks on a guitar body are difficult to avoid. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Work table or bench
  • Soft blanket
  • Light
  • Sandpaper
  • Naptha fluid or alcohol
  • Cloth
  • Lacquer
  • Paint
  • Clear coat
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Rags

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Inspect the paint chip or chips on the guitar. Use additional lighting to accurately see the damage, if necessary.

  3. 3

    Sand off loose the edges of loose chips with a fine-grit sandpaper. Continue sanding the areas until it feels smooth to the touch.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Fill the chipped area with one or two drops of lacquer. This step is only necessary if the chipped area is deep.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Tape off the surrounding areas around the chip with blue painter's tape to prevent getting paint on other parts of the guitar.

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

    Apply two to to three coats of clear coat after the paint is completely dry.

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