Lacquer line.... Taped too long.

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Forum topic by Dallas posted 12-06-2013 08:48 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2013 08:48 PM

OK, here I go.
Monday I got a guitar repair project ready to finish with black lacquer rattle can from Ace Hdwe.
Tuesday I hadn’t done the finish yet, was called away to get ready for cold snap but ran out of breath…. got an appointment for Wednesday at Dr. to see what the problem was, (again).
Tuesday night I taped up the guitar neck, used 3M blue tape, cleaned around everything making sure I had a good surface for the application of the lacquer.
(By the way, Ace Lacquer is a really cheap replacement for Epiphone Ebony Lacquer from Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, etc).
Wednesday morning. I had the Drs. appointment at 09:30. I sprayed the lacquer just before we left so I could be back before about 11:00 and remove the masking and do the finishing touches.
Without my consent, the wife and the doctor conspired against me to send me to the hospital for two days.


Now I have a lacquer ridge line where the tape stayed on way too long.

How do I fix this and make it look right?

What I have done so far is remove tape, (Obviously),
Saw lines, ran in circles screaming like a little girl, until my breathing made me stop, didn’t call the person that offered me $250 for this guitar, and now am sitting in the fetal position, while I suck down beer after beer, mumbling to myself.

I have sanded the edge starting with 400g wet/dry. Went up to 2000 progressively.
No joy, it’s still obvious there is or was a line.

My next thought is to try a coat of clear to help melt into the line and smooth it out.

Does anyone have a better idea?

Remember, not too complicated. I have so many drugs in me right now I could make at least 1/5 of WoodStock happy!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 09:28 PM

Lacquer is self dissolving. Spray another coat and it should level out better. Stay healthy!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 09:34 PM

With lacquer you need to pull the tape as soon as your finished spraying.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 09:49 PM

I feel your pain. No, honest, I do, because I’m in a similar situation. Taped up places where I wanted to protect the wood from the finish (varnish) so I could glue later. Well, after spending more time than I would like at the VA, and several other delays, I finally got the finish on. Problem is that the tape has been on there a week, and now its leaving sticky residue. I don’t know how to get the residue off so that the glue will hold. Let this be a warning to all: don’t let the blue tape stay on too long.
As Earlextech says, just another coat of lacquer should even things out for you. Good luck.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 10:13 PM

Give it another coat.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 10:15 PM

A friend of mine who does refinishing bends the tape into an L shape (side sticking up is to the inside where you spray) so there isn’t a hard edge. After smoothing down the ridge I would tape off a slightly larger area and respray.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 02:49 AM

I agree with Earlextech. And if you still see a parting line, wet-sand and respray.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 03:46 AM

Another in agreement with Earlextech. Lacquer is one of the easiest finishes to fix mistakes on. One of the reasons I love it.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 12-07-2013 03:56 AM

Thanks all!
I wasn’t able to contact the heart doctor today meaning I have a chance to put on a fresh coat tomorrow.
I’ll try spraying a clear coat and hope it blends.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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