Urethane finish crack on back of body

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  1. AWR07

    AWR07 Strat-Talk Member

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    Talk me off the ledge lol

    I acquired a beautiful and mint Custom Shop DLX yesterday. This morning I wake up to find a 3 inch finish crack in the urethane, just below the trem cover on the back. Runs north / south. I was devastated at first. But calming now lol. It’s a beautiful candy blue finish.

    I don’t know how it happened and am sure it wasn’t there when I put it in the car or got it home.

    I’m not worried about other cracks forming. But for this one, should I be concerned it will spread? Should I have it repaired before it does. Should I even be concerned about it? Does this happen and just live with it? Not a Fender or for that matter an electric guy so maybe this is normal or happens sometimes.

    I mean I liked that it was a neat mint 5 year old Custom Shop guitar. Not so much mint now but better on the back than the top and still love the guitar.


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  2. Guitarmageddon

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    Welcome to the forum! If you show us photos, we can tell you what we think....without them, it's just a guessing game.....
     
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    Thank you! I will get one and post it later this aft!


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    Hope this works...

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    looks like a scratch, try a magnifying glass or a loop.
     
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    It does look like a scratch but it feels raised if I run my finger over it... unlike a few of the surface scratches on the back that are smooth or impressions... but I will double check.


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  7. nadzab

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    Nitro finish? If so, easily fixed (by someone who knows what they're doing), whether a scratch or a crack. No idea how that would have developed, though.
     
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    The build sheet states URE, so urethane and maybe wrong to assume polyurethane...


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    If it were mine, I’d fill the crack or scratch with CA glue, scrape it with a razor blade. Feather it out with sandpaper once it’s dry and the bud the whole back. It looks more like a scratch than a crack to me.
     
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    I’ve never seen a crack that goes across the grain like that. Are you sure you weren’t wearing a belt buckle with that?
     
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    Thank you. I appreciate your reply. Well if it’s a scratch I’m okay with it and will celebrate with a drink and play on guitar am going to try to look at it with a magifying glass if I can find mine.


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    No. I only played it for about 30 mins. Sitting down and with just a tee shirt and short later. No metal within 10 feet lol

    Maybe it is a scratch... but it does feel raised.


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    Wish you were here man, I’d fix it for free for you. It’s real easy and there are a lot of videos on you tube that will show you how to fix it yourself.
     
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    That sounds waaaaay above anything I’d ever even try lol


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    another...looks like a scratch
     
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    You know I am really liking that everyone thinks it’s a scratch. Maybe I am wrong... All I can say is thanks... if it is... the drinks are on me


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    I believe it's a scratch, and if it were mine I'd most likely leave it alone.
     
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    Looks like a scratch to me too! The kind of thing I'd buff out with a dab of brasso on a soft rag....
     
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    Yep another vote for scratch. Would need some fair impact to crack in that direction even with control and output jack cavities in the region.
     
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    If the clear coat is as thick as the one on the 95 Standard models, it should be able to be buffed out pretty easily assuming you sand down to below the scratch.
    CA glue can help here. So can a poly pen.
    It she is a real player you bonded with already....I would not even worry about it.
     
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