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For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •  Vintage Mustang Finish and Repair

    I purchased a 65 Fender Mustang, Olympic White. The seller packed bubble wrap around the guitar in the case to prevent the guitar from sliding around. The guitar finish now has the impression of all those little bubbles in it. It is only noticeable when viewed from the right angle, but is not desireable. Can this be remedied by buffing with something.

    What are your thoughts on this.

    Thanks,
    Vicki
  • Ricks Answer to - Vintage Mustang Finish and Repair

    Vicki,
    Buffing it is the best possible hope it has, but if the bubble wrap has silicone in it then it may not come out. It depends on the type finish chemistry involved in the finish.

    It sounds to me like the bubble wrap tried to chemically burn into the finish. Sometimes the wrong plastics will have chemical reactions to other materials such as in the finish on your guitar. I think it would be best if you take the guiatr to a repairman and ask him to buff it out for you to remove this.

    The big question here is did the chemical burn in deep enough that buffing can't go the needed depth to get it all out? The longer time the bubble wrap stayed in contact with the guitar finish, the deeper it burned into it.

    Sometimes the only way to do it is remove the finish back to the wood and refinsih the guitar. Hopefully it is not damaged very deep so the buffing process can get below the damge level yet still leave plenty of finish on the guitar.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar



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