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    Default What's the best way to get scratches out of a guitar body?

    My son dropped my strat and got a few big scratches on it - DOH! . What's the best way to get em out?
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    Dude, it's a relic now. Put it on the 'bay and sell it for 3x what you paid!



    Seriously, if you are interested in keeping it pristine, see if you can find a local builder who has a buffing machine and see if the scratches can be buffed out.
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    or you could try using a rubbing compound similar to what they use in spray shops or some VERY fine wet n dry paper (wet ofcourse).
    if its dented take a piece of damp cloth and hold itover the dent with a soldering iron...the steam will lift the dent out and then u can work on the scratch
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    It won't fix your guitar, but....

    Just drop your son until you feel better
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    No, not really. This shit is about as effective as peeing on a spark plug.

    DO NOT attempt to fix it yourself if you have little experience in the matter. If you value the instrument, take it to a professional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Just drop your son until you feel better
    I've thought about this....
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    What's the nature of the scratches? Are they through to the wood? Are they dents? Is it just clear coat scratches?

    You can buy small buffing supplies at a hardware store (buffing compound and a wheel for a drill or Dremel tool). If it's just scratches, this might be a quick fix to your problem. You can also use elbow grease and simichrome polish to smooth out the clear coat. Sometimes car finish repair compounds work.

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    congratulations! your strat has character now!!! leave the scratch alone!!
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    I used to work on corvettes in high school.
    If the scratches are in the paint, and not to deep, try some rubbing compound. They have different degrees of "polish". It is almost like liquid sandpaper. You can rub it out with that, then go up in a higher grade to put the shine back on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    What's the nature of the scratches? Are they through to the wood? Are they dents? Is it just clear coat scratches?

    You can buy small buffing supplies at a hardware store (buffing compound and a wheel for a drill or Dremel tool). If it's just scratches, this might be a quick fix to your problem. You can also use elbow grease and simichrome polish to smooth out the clear coat. Sometimes car finish repair compounds work.
    They are mostly just clear coat and paint scratches.

    I'll give this a shot.

    If I need to apply more clear coat, any suggestions on what kind and where to get it?

    Thanks!
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    Here's the best thing I've found... for removing light surface scratches and I use it for finishing full paint jobs.

    Pick up a bottle of 3M Finess-it II. Either the regular or marine version will work fine.

    You can apply it by hand or an orbital buffer. Even a buffing pad on a power drill works fine. Depending on how deep the scratches will dictate how many times you have to apply it.

    Put a drop about the size of a nickel on the spot and start rubbing it out. Circular motions work best. Keep the pressure even and start firm then back it off to light. When the stuff looks dry rub off the excess with a clean towel.

    Check the work and repeat until you get it where you want it.

    This stuff works great on old nitrocelulous laquer, acrylics, fiberglass, metal, you name it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    They are mostly just clear coat and paint scratches.

    I'll give this a shot.

    If I need to apply more clear coat, any suggestions on what kind and where to get it?

    Thanks!
    I use the clear coat lacquer I bought to touch up my car. It dries fast and sands/buffs well.

 

 

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