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Old 02-09-2019, 08:38 PM
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Paul, do you know Randy Wood? He might could help you.
Good one crikey. Worth a call. From his sight....

Refinishing

Randy’s repair shop is one of the few in the area with a professional-grade spray booth, facilitating beautful finishing and refininshing work, as well as discrete touch-ups. Whether lacquer, varnish or other finishes, Randy’s team can really bring out the beauty of the wood.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:55 PM
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Paul, do you know Randy Wood? He might could help you.
Yes but he doesn't do french polish.
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I can’t see the damage in great detail, but can you rule out an insect, like wood borer? Very long shot,but hey...
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I can’t see the damage in great detail, but can you rule out an insect, like wood borer? Very long shot,but hey...
Yes, I can rule it out.
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Have you any small children, this is the sort of thing they can do if you don't keep your guitars in their cases.
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Picked up my guitar tonight to find two deep scratches on the top. Frustrating because I have no idea how they got there. Always careful with it. Can these kind of scratches be repaired since it's a french polish top? Do they have to do the whole top or can it be spot fixed to at least make it less noticeable?

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...by a person skilled in French polishing. If the original builder isn’t an option then look for a local French polisher. They may well be able to repair the scratches without removing the all the soundboard finish. If not the whole top could be refinished but that will be considerably more expensive.

Shellac is a beautiful finish but not very durable when it comes to scratches. My tutor at college was recently working on a guitar where the owner had left a 2 inch gouge along the rib where he’d ‘missed’ when plugging in the jack - I was surprised at the amount of damage this caused, but the finish repair was invisible once completed.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:43 AM
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Paul, I think you're asking with wrong people here. Send the pic to Steve and see what he thinks. Maybe he can send you some of his matching shellac that you can carefully work into the scratches.

If it was me, I'd just learn to live with it and play on.
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Shellac can be repaired by going over the damaged area with denatured alcohol. Depending how bad it is.

Shellac is a resin secreted by a beetle. I think the female lac beetle. Pounded into flakes and dissolved in denatured alcohol.

This can be reactivated with denatured alcohol and "redistributed" on the surface repair scratches.

French polishing is a technique I have not developed.

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Just looked at the picture. That is deep. May be beyond total repair. But if you can find someone that does French polishing you may be able to minimize it.

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Just looked at the picture. That is deep. May be beyond total repair. But if you can find someone that does French polishing you may be able to minimize it.

Bummer
I would be happy if it was minimized. Haven't found any local. Someone mentioned sending it back to the builder but he is in canada and shipping would be as much or more than the repair. But I'll ask about sending the shellac.
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Someone suggested I google violin repair instead of guitar repair since many of the former are in FP. I found someone pretty close who I will contact in the morning. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Look for a fiddle repair person. Most fiddles are French polished.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:12 AM
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Look for a fiddle repair person. Most fiddles are French polished.
Isn't a fiddle the same thing as a violin but just playing different style music?
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I once had a very expensive French Polished classical guitar. I had it sitting on my couch and my 35# dog decided to jump up on the couch and it's claws landed on the guitar top and put several scratches in the finish...as I remember very similar to what yours look like. I ended up sending it to Thomas Rein...although it wasn't his guitar...and he did a masterful repair on it. Absolutely could not see any indication of where the scratches were.
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Just a thought mind you. Have you gave a thought to a custom furniture builder or restorer?

Since it is a finish repair. French polishing was developed for furniture.
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Just a thought mind you. Have you gave a thought to a custom furniture builder or restorer?

Since it is a finish repair. French polishing was developed for furniture.
I would think there would be a big difference between a piece of furniture and a delicate guitar top. No thanks.
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