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Damage And Destruction Of Musical Instrument By Water

Aug 29, 2008
What can be done if your guitar is found sitting in a place full of water in your flooded home? Is it practical to repair the extensive impairment to the instrument that has provided untold happiness over the years? More folks may think their guitar is destroyed and should be thrown out. This is often not the case. If you get the flooded guitar to a water damage restoration pro rapidly enough, it can likely be fixed. This will be an expensive operation so it is necessary to decide how precious the guitar is before you determine to mend it rather than buy another one. Locate a certified and insured pro guitar restoration specialist. Assess their references to be positive that the water damage restoration specialist is reputable.

A water damaged guitar may sustain a warped neck, mutilated veneer, neck coat peeling, oxidation of the string section, screws and bridge handles and glue becoming undone. There are some steps that are essential to be taken to restore a water damaged guitar. First, remove the strings, pegs, and the bridge. Remove any additional parts. Then the ruined veneer needs to be removed. This may be done using wet to dry sanding of a rather granular grit to take the polish off. The neck and body must be washed with rubbing alcohol to better serve to vaporize any lingering wetness. When the veneer is completely taken away, it should be hung up to breathe and dry. This could take several weeks.

When the guitar is drying out, the hardware, pegs, and screws should have the oxidization removed with a soft brass applicator and light oil. Pat the pieces dry and shine with a lint free material. Set these pieces to one side until all of the refurbishment has been done.

If the neck and fingerboard of the guitar was bowed and distorted, the neck will have to be made straight if the guitar is to be salvaged. This is accomplished by taking off the frets and fastening the neck really firmly to produce a flat keyboard. Then the neck must be evenly heated until the paste under the fingerboard becomes pliant. With the neck clamped in its new place, the gum below the fingerboard is reset. After staying fastened for several days, the neck and front of the guitar must be shaved and redesigned as well as sanded to strip off peeling veneer. Once the keyboard is set correctly right, it should be sanded and oiled.

The neck and head must be sanded and painted with linseed oil and mineral spirits over and over again. After this is over then to complete the neck and head, new frets should be put in. Then the interminable activity of sanding and finishing the body starts. This may demand numerous coats to accomplish a nice finish. When the finish is finished the hardware, bridgeplate, and pegs must be replaced. The guitar can then be strung. When there is pressure on the neck of the guitar from the strings, the keyboard and frets require to be attuned as well as other pieces of the hardware to fine tune the mechanics of the strings. Once this is accomplished, the water damaged guitar renovation has been done.
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Gayelord Nash discusses homeowner problems for Long Island, NY Water Damage Restoration and Syosset, NY Water Damage Restoration
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