Superglued Repair???

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  1. Terry Chapman

    Terry Chapman New Member

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    Hi all,Im new hear,hope you can help?
    Ive just had a customer bring in a 1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe thats had a headstock repair with superglue? Customers wife done it after ahs knocked it over.Its out of line and still a massive gap. Any ideas to soften the glue and to clean it out?
    Any suggestions gratefully received.
    Thanks

    Terry
     
  2. Chris Pile

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    Acetone will soften the cured cyanoacrylate glue... but it will also soften the lacquer finish. Problem: Cyano glue wicks deeply into cracks, so the acetone might not go deeply enough. Nearly all glues will start to break down around 180 degrees. You could apply heat and mild pressure until it separates. Good luck - I feel your pain.

    (did the client kill his wife afterwards?)
     
  3. Duplex Dave

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    Yes on Chris's advice^^ There is a product called Undo it's a Nitromethane based solvent for getting CA glues to release. But, it also likes to melt Nitrocellulose lacquer. You could try taping off around the area with a Vinyl tape like pin striping tape in an effort to keep the chemical off the finish. It would probably minumize the effects of the acetone, it's still going to get messy.
    "Repairing the 'repair' is the bane of all luthiers..."
     
  4. Terry Chapman

    Terry Chapman New Member

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    Thanks guys,
    Just got headstock of after hot blades and acetone (thanks).
    Ive removed as much glue as possible,but im going to splint this repair as I wont be happy with just glueing due to the remaining glue that still may be there.
    Ill keep you posted,and thanks again.

    Terry
     

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