Amplified Parts Lollar Pickups

Amplified Parts Lollar Pickups Guitar Pickups

Amplified Parts Lollar Pickups Guitar Pickups

Join Strat-Talk Today

how would you repair this drill hole?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by 66Satellite, May 2, 2013.

  1. 66Satellite

    66Satellite Strat-Talker

    217
    Mar 18, 2013
    Seattle
    My new-to-me 2001 sunburst MIM has a small, 1/8th inch drill hole in the front (was drilled by the previous owner for a midi pickup). Doesn't really bother me that much, just don't want it to crack or spread more. My brother suggested a bit of wood filler topped with nail polish. Maybe I could find a matching translucent yellowish nail polish? Other thoughts or ideas? Thanks!

    [​IMG]
     

  2. cameronbears

    cameronbears Strat-O-Master

    649
    Mar 27, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    Wood filler, nail polish, wet sand down the nail polish with 2000 grit sandpaper so it's nice and level, then buff out with rubbing compound.
     

  3. scott223

    scott223 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 16, 2013
    That will work. I would go one extra step. Get a dowel and cut it a bit short of the hole. Glue it in and then fill and laquer. You can check depth with a wire. And a round toothpick may work. After you putty a really sharp pencil can add a couple of lines of wood grain. Then color match and clear. Clear nail polish will work for a top coat. You might as well make it as invisible as possible. Hope this helps.
     

  4. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    48
    Jul 27, 2012
    Virginia
    I like scott's idea with the small dowel or toothpick, that will help minimize any shrinking of the wood filler.

    I am gonna try cameron's tip with the 2000 grit and rubbing compound on a spot fill I did.
     

  5. eco7077

    eco7077 Strat-O-Master

    673
    Apr 30, 2013
    NYC
    nail polish or any color that matches. Magic glue, sand it. No one will know there was a hole there.
     

  6. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Use a tiny dowel/toothpick...filler.....color....if you match the color you could use a drop of cyanoacrylate glue, as a finish.
     

  7. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

    This
    But instead of nail polish automotive touch up paint is better
     

  8. 66Satellite

    66Satellite Strat-Talker

    217
    Mar 18, 2013
    Seattle
    Ok guys, thanks for all the great advice. This is how close the toothpick fits. Should I use just the toothpic plus glue, or toothpick plus wood filler? Or just wood filler? If glue, what kind?

    Got very close with the nail polish but might even be able to get closer.

    [​IMG]
     

  9. scott223

    scott223 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 16, 2013
    Any wood glue, or white "school glue". Remember to cut it a bit short. Fill and smooth with putty, or wood filler. Then color match. I recommend you color to match and use a clear top coat to seal. If you do it with all color it will look like a blob of paint.
     

  10. thewolfnears

    thewolfnears Strat-O-Master

    577
    Feb 19, 2013
    Whitier, CA
    OOOOOOHHHH GUURRRRLLLL, YOUR NAILS ARE GONNA LOOK RID-I-KAH-LUSSSS!


    I mean.....

    What...

    I....

    Wood glue, plus toothpick..
     

  11. 66Satellite

    66Satellite Strat-Talker

    217
    Mar 18, 2013
    Seattle
    Ok, so:

    Elmers Glue
    Toothpick
    Top with wood filler
    Color match with...nail polish?
    Clear coat with...nail polish?
    Sand 2000 grit followed with rubbing compound?
     

  12. 66Satellite

    66Satellite Strat-Talker

    217
    Mar 18, 2013
    Seattle
    Or should I just put a sticker over it?

    [​IMG]

    or maybe

    [​IMG]
     

  13. thewolfnears

    thewolfnears Strat-O-Master

    577
    Feb 19, 2013
    Whitier, CA
    If you're going the sticker route, vinyl decals are the way to go.

    Last a long time, too.

    For stickers, Batman. Or Tron.
     

  14. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

    That will work fine
     

  15. 66Satellite

    66Satellite Strat-Talker

    217
    Mar 18, 2013
    Seattle
    Ok, will try it and report back. If its a fail I'll get a sticker.
     

  16. MrPoppa2

    MrPoppa2 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    75
    Apr 5, 2011
    Sun City, Az.
    I knew a guy who had a big chip in the body, so He stuck a piece of masking tape near it , that He wrote on, "why are you looking at this?" got attention! ....poppa
     

  17. maxoom

    maxoom Strat-Talk Member

    20
    Aug 2, 2009
    WA
    The deal is you can never match the top finish.Your kidding yourself if you think you can the trick is to fill it and color it dark like a natural knot in the wood and clear on top to seal it that way. And you add some character with the knot.I used a dark brown wood tone marker to do this a few times and it worked better than trying to make it blend with the original finish and grain.
     

  18. DickyMoe

    DickyMoe Strat-O-Master

    566
    Mar 27, 2013
    USA
    Call me a hack but I think hole is tiny and shallow enough to just fill it up with nail polish, epoxy or the like and forget about it. An epoxy syringe would make it easier.
     

  19. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    South Carolina
    Leave it...it will let the wood breathe....

    [​IMG]
     

  20. Craig Howard

    Craig Howard Strat-O-Master

    594
    Mar 17, 2013
    New Zealand
    Just a suggestion.

    I would take a look at just putting a Screw back into the hole and see if I could live with that. ( ie. a screw with round top, flat base heads.)

    Personally ..I know if I tried any of the fill and finish solutions above...I would make a mess of it despite my best efforts. This would make it worse.