Jump to content

Gmc Finish Repair

Recommended Posts

Hello people,

I'm new to the forum but I do come to projectguitar often... It has helped me quite a few times. :D

Anyway, I'm sorry to just barge in asking questions, but, if you'll help me, here's the deal:

I have an Ibanez Jem GMC. A few months ago it suffered a fall and the finish on the upper edge next to the arm rest cracked and broke. Only the clear was affected, not the paint. I picked up all the bits and assembled the "puzzle" and covered it all with adhesive cellophane (I think it is).

But of course, I'm not happy... it looks bad and the adhesive is starting to come off.

So, I would like to ask you guitar shop gurus if it is possible to repair it... The clear is really thick (never guessed it would be that thick).

It doesn't have to be perfect, I accept the fact that you can see it was repaired, but is it even possible to refinish just that bit?

I appreciate your help.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

You can repair just a small part like that, but you'll have some work to do. You'll need to feather the clear out onto the rest of the guitar and then wetsand the overspray with really high grit paper and then buff it. A better option, is to sand down the damage with high grit paper, just to get it even, not to go through the color, and then reclear the whole guitar. Either way is going to be a bit of a task but it can be done. Either way you want to go I'd help you out with advice as best I can. I painted cars for 2 and a half years so I've done my share of both methods. Hope this is helpful.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How big is the ding? If it isn't too big your best option could be a very simple but slightly time consuming CA (takes some time to buid thickness) glue fill, followed by levelsanding and buffing. The advantage of this is that you do not need any special equipment, only super glue, sand paper and buffing paste. This is very similar:


More on scraping out excess fill:


Or just glue the chips back:


Frank Ford, what a guy...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The ding is huge (at least in my opinion), and the clear is about 3mm thick. I can't glue the pieces back together because they're not opaque, and the glue might dissolve the paint. Also, I don't have all the pieces.

Here is a picture:


It has the adhesive tape covering the pieces.

The idea I liked most was swedishluthier's. That might work, no?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...