Re: repairing finish on guitar neck?
- From: "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 22:30:16 -0400
"Rob Duncan" <robduncan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> <phibraphonic@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> Last night someone decided(not me) to fall on the floor and on or there
>>> abouts one of my guitars. The back of the maple neck(fender jazz)got
>>> scratched. In some places it appears to have shattered and a few places
>>> it looks chipped to the wood. The wood does not appear scratched. The
>>> injury if you will extends about 3/5th the length of the skunk stripe.
>>> My question is not how I fix the damage but how much it might cost to
>>> repair? I'm worried about it all flaking off, warping the neck, and
>>> just the unplasant feeling of playing it. Does anyone know how much it
>>> will cost and how long it might take?
>> There is no need to worry about warping because of finish damage. Yes,
>> you may find the damage uncomfortable or annoying.
>> A greater concern with exposed wood is having oils (from your skin) seep
>> into the wood, which will have to be leached out; most finishes will see
>> the oil as a contaminant and will not adhere - or will rapidly separate
>> and flake off after refinishing.
>> Decent finishing is labour-intensive and is consequently not cheap.
>> Refinishing can be much more expensive because of the labour to remove
>> the existing finish and prep the surfaces, *if* that's necessary.
>> Because of drying and curing times, finishing and refinishing can take
>> weeks or longer, from the time the work is actually started.
>> You should locate people who do refinishing in your area - mentioning the
>> area you are in may give some suggestions - show them the damage and see
>> if a touchup is possible. If so, that will be much cheaper and faster.
> On one of my nicer guitars theres a small crack in the finish. The lowest
> priced I could find, to fix it, was $2100.00. It will of course, never be
Definitely there are many cases where quality cosmetic repairs cost a lot -
it is very skilled work and a lot of it. Functional touchups that don't
address cosmetics can be much cheaper, and might reasonably be considered.
So the OP needs to be aware of what the actual needs are - just to feel OK,
or does it *have* to look perfect?
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