Attached is a photo of a chip on the face of a Yamaha cg192 I am attempting to repair for my daughter.  I believe the guitar has a "poly" type finish.  I purchased superglue, abrasive papers, and polishing compound from Stewmac to accomplish the job.  I attempted to use a Minwax stain to match the amber surface of the guitar.  However, it did not seem to adhere to the lighter colored surface and instead seemed to "run" under the existing poly finish leaving a dark smudge adjacent to the area I was trying to stain. 

I used some of the abrasives I purchased from Stewmac to "erase" this dark area, but have enlarged the spot I need to repair.   The spot is now about the size of a fingernail.  I viewed the Stewmac archives and saw a similar repair using the colorfast pen and then drop filling with the colorfast laquer pen.  If I have a "poly" finish is the clear laquer pen even a choice or should I still use the superglue or other recommended product?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.


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It seems like the stain you used is ok for staining bare wood. Mix solvent-based stain and acteone and CA glue to "paint" the area, then dropfill with with clear superglue. Remember : the art of touch-ups is one of the hardest to master.

Thank you for response.  I will give your suggestion a try.    Wade

It's always fun to do little things like this for the learning experience. But, as I tell my kids, student guitars are meant to be banged up. If they aren't scratching them up they aren't  practicing enough :-)  If their guitar problems aren't structural and not a sign of lack of care or abuse then I ignore them.


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