Nitro on headstock cracking and bubbling

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  1. Soloshchenko

    Soloshchenko Senior Member

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    Hi, how could I fix the cracking and bubbling on the nitro on my Les Paul studio? I was thinking razor blade and or sand paper down while avoiding the logos and then shooting clear to build back up to wet sand flat and polish?

    What IMG_20171115_212933.jpg Do you think?
     
  2. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    Wow...what year is that?
     
  3. Left Paw

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    No, that would look re-done in a way that you wouldn't like. Need to strip the headstock and get new logos. Then finish properly.
     
  4. Soloshchenko

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    Thought so. It's a 2002 that plays and sounds terrific.
     
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  5. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Senior Member

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    Yeah there's no proper way to repair that without stripping off all the old peeling lacquer and refinishing the headstock face in full. Sanding all the silk screen logos off as you remove the old lacquer is going to be unavoidable, so you'll need to apply new decals as well.
     
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    On the plus side, you didn't have to mail it off to someone and spend a ton to have it relic'd.
     
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  7. Gem23

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    Mine is like that. Its a 1997 and possibly worse than yours, laquer has cracked and split over most of the body, and a bit of the neck. I'm leaving mine. I probably won't sell it, and like the look of it. I don't want to be refinishing it, although I'm tempted to strip the whole wine off and have it natural, then I would sort the headstock but not before.
     
  8. Gem23

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    That fretboard looks quite dry, no?
     
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    WoW! that looks bad...... Id have it re done.
     
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    Get it redone, but use a decent finish this time.
     
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    I believe that there is a fiber overlay used on most Nashville Gibson headstocks. My 2003 SG Special has this same disease. Gibson quoted me $1000 to repair it. I like the look just fine now.
     
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    Its not the fibre that is the issue......the entire Norlin era used them and there is no such issue from that period.
    Whatever prep was done with sealing or black coat it simply didn't adhere well to the top clear.
     
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    Wow. Shouldn't that be covered by Gibson's guarantee?

    Have you kept it at room temp? You know to let it sit in its case for a while when taking it in from the cold?
     
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    Yes, it's a defect in the build. I don't know how the warranty reads. It's not a hard fix at all if you are careful and patient. The fiber overlay finishes just fine, in my experience. There are several possibilities why this finish is no longer adhering, but the only fix I know is to remove it all, clean and sand the fiber properly, lay in new decals, and clear.
     
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    A) Fill jug with acetone
    B) Dip the headstock in the jug
    C) Stir
    D) Let sit
    E) Stir some more.

    Remove and allow to almost completely dry. Spray a good wet coat of nitro, melting it into the remaining slop that is your headstock. Allow to dry.


    Sand that smooth, and topcoat as normal.









    My instructions can't make things worse! ;) :laugh2:
     
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    Even if finish durability was ever covered by any Gibson warranty at any time (it has never been to my knowledge), the time elapsed for any finish defect to occur is LONG past. No finish is immune to age, and nitro specifically will check in the normal course of use.

    This effect is as much moisture/temperature as it is the poor bond. Its just that the combo makes the checking only affect the top clear which then lifts.
     
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    Spray it with some blush remover. It should re-melt the nitro. Worth a shot.
     
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