Chips and dings

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by Grandad Rock, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Grandad Rock

    Grandad Rock Squier Talker

    Dec 12, 2015
    Hi everyone. I have a red 2004 affinity strat. I bought it ages ago, but haven't done anything with it.
    I had a friend who is a guitar builder check it over and he says it's been set up properly and is actually quite decent. There are a few chips and dings on the body. Suggestions please for how to make these look a bit better?
    Many thanks
  2. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-Nut

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    Throw it in your trunk unprotected and drive around recklessly for awhile to add more chips and dings. Then you can call it roadworn.
  3. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-Nut

    Nov 20, 2017
    Hudson Valley, NY
    What at @drewcp said...or, you could find some matching nail polish remover.....or, strip it down with a heat gun and re paint it!!!!
  4. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    Crappie fishing.
    I would just leave it personally..
  5. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    I’ve wondered about using car body putty for filling in large gouges in fishes before, haven’t done it though.
  6. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-Nut

    Dec 21, 2018
    I've read that some people use car paint to cover dings. I've never tried though...
  7. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    2nd the nail polish for cover up. If you wan to do more...

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2019
  8. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Not remover but nail polish. Bring the guitar to the lady's section at your local drugstore and get the matching color. You can fill a deep gouge with subsequent thin layers. Don't go thick, it won't dry.
  9. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-Nut

    Nov 20, 2017
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Yeah that s right. My mistake. Used my daughters once on an epi les paul...matched the neck where I chipped a bit of the finish
  10. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    My vote is for a refinish.

    But nail polish works pretty good. :)
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  11. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Meister

    Mar 5, 2018
    Front range Colorado
    And you might get a date while you're at it. Chicks dig guitars ya know. ;)
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  12. DoctorBB

    DoctorBB Squier-Meister

    Mar 2, 2016
    Beaumont, TX
    Leave ‘em, it’s love marks.
  13. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
    Just mod the hell out of it and use as your beater;)
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  14. DougMen

    DougMen Squier-holic

    Jun 8, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    I'm surprised at how we all think alike, 'cause many years ago when one of my Strats got dinged, I decided on my own to touch it up with nail polish that was the same color (or close). I never asked anyone. I just came up with that idea on my own. But, now I see that lots of others do the same thing, and it's pretty common. Great minds think alike.
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  15. ShawnJ53

    ShawnJ53 Squier Talker

    Mar 4, 2019
    My buddy’s guitar got dropped and split the bottom out. We decided to leave the scar and make it look like the battle wound it is. 668EAE2E-08F8-4CF4-ACB4-CEDFF9D32CCA.jpeg F51181BE-8245-49EE-86F2-D7798FB0C455.jpeg
  16. jvin248

    jvin248 Squier-Meister

    Jan 10, 2014

    You are on your way to having an authentic worn guitar.

    Fender custom shop, big money to acquire one like this.

  17. I'm not sure what the "remover" is supposed to do? Hey, I don't judge.
    To coin an overused phrase … It is what it is. Enjoy it for what it is.

    Cheers, Barrie.
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  18. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    Can we see some pics?
    I love guitars with imperfections. Maybe because I am flawed in so many ways. I stopped caring about dings and chips years ago, but that's me. Trigger, Greenie, the Black Strat, etc....
    They have a mysteriousness about them. Everyone wants to know how the scars got there and if they don't find out, they make their own story in their heads.
    Leave it, I say :)
  19. Dave_S

    Dave_S Squier Talker

    Sep 15, 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    I vote for leaving it. I like guitars that look like they’ve been actually used. If
    it’s a particularly classic guitar maybe keep it beautiful, but any regular guitar ... Anytime you see one of those gig-rundown shows with guys like Bonamassa, their guitars are always beaten up.
  20. Grandad Rock

    Grandad Rock Squier Talker

    Dec 12, 2015
    Thanks for all the comments. Nail polish it is then.
    Thanks also for the dating advice, but my wife would not approve, so that's a none starter.
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