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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2003, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Repairing a LARGE area of clearcoat?

OK, everybody knows about using superglue for repairing small chips in the factory clearcoat. What if you've got a larger area, say 2" square? I've got an RG with a large chip in the body that I'll have to sand level or fill, refinish with color, then clearcoat again. What's going to be the most compatible with the factory clear to blend the repaired area into the factory finsh?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 11:08 AM
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To me, its large enough that I'd consider using this as an opportunity to refinish the guitar. Its big enough that you'll have to be spraying anyway. So maybe you get the chance to change the color, or get it re-done so the rest of the guitar is new-looking, or get a graphic or swirl.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the problem - it's a USAC with one of Pamelina's airbrush jobs on it. Repainting isn't really an option. The way the design is, I can isolate the chipped area between two rays of black that come out of the tremolo routing area toward the edge of the guitar. My original thought was to sand down that area, between the black areas, repaint the color and maybe re-fade the color into the black w/ an airbrush, then clear over the top of it, backmasking over the factory clear to give it a "fade" between the clears, then finish sand it level, polish, and call it a day.

I'm also faced with the issue that part of that repair area is a fade from pink to yellow, right by the chip. FYI, the design is called "Tie Dye", which is just what it sounds like. Another thought I had was to scan the area on my scanner, fix the chip in Photoshop, print that area out, and then stick it to the body and clear over it. Naturally, I'd sand a channel for it so it would fit flush, blend into the black on either side with an airbrush, then clear over it. Does that sound nuts?

Would it help for me to post a pic of the damage?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 11:44 AM
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A pic would help, but both of your remedies sound just fine! Either way, it would be nice to lightly sand and re-clear the whole top once you're done. It's much easier to get a blend all around the edges of the top than in a flat section. Plus the RG is a flat top, so if you try to blend just the chipped section by overspraying just the surrounding area, you'll clearly see a waviness to the patch. Re-clearing the top allows you to block it flat and basically remove all your pick scratches or whatever other age marks in the process.
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