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How to repair a guitar with Satellite City CA glue and NCF Quick

The video below was made by Doug Peyton of Rock City in Camarillo, CA and Vindicated Productions. The direct link to the video on YouTube is After the video, scroll down for written instructions also by Doug Peyton.


Our CA glues are used not just for musical instrument repair, but also in manufacturing. See an example below in this clip of How It's Made which was filmed at First Quality Music. In the clip below, Super T CA glue and NCF Quick accelerator are used to adhere the plastic trim to a banjo.


Click here to download our CA glue guitar repair instructions in PDF.

Guitar Repair with Satellite City Instant Glues

by Doug Peyton of Rock City Repairs ©2010

Satellite City adhesives used in this guide

Hot Stuff CA glue
Super T medium gap-filling CA glue
Special T thick ultra-gap-filling CA glue
NCF Quick accelerator
Super Solvent CA glue debonder
Pro-Tip applicators

In this guide, you will learn how you can make highly effective repairs with Satellite City instant glues in less time than if you were using traditional methods. These techniques and others are used by guitar repair shops and manufacturers across the country and are taught at the Guitar Craft Academy by John Carruthers at Musician’s Insititute in Hollywood.

Preparation

Cyanoacrylate glues produce non-toxic but irritating fumes while curing. Proper ventilation should always be used to remove the fumes. If you must work in poor ventilation, a particulate respirator such as the 3M 8577 is recommended for comfort. It is also good to keep some US-1 Super Solvent debonder on hand just in case you need to remove glue from a surface or your hands.

Fret Board Refinishing

1. The Super Solvent CA glue debonder is a great way to dilute wood stain before you start fretting the instrument. If you are doing a re-fret, you will most likely need to touch up the stain after sanding a new radius. To achieve a suitable stain color, the mixture is about 10 drops of Super Solvent to each drop of stain, depending on the desired results. Experiment with different options on a scrap piece of maple with similar hue.

A fretboard refinished with Hot Stuff CA glue from Satellite City Instant Glues

2. Apply a liberal amount of Hot Stuff CA glue to the paper towel; a circle about the size of a half-dollar. Depending on how to fold it, you can get 4-8 applications out of a single paper towel. It is recommended to start this process with a fresh spout.

Hot Stuff CA glue being applied to a paper towel to refinish a fretboard

3. When applying the glue to the fretboard with a paper towel, you want to move you hand in a quick, even manner across the entire surface of the board. You may want to tape off the headstock, and any other area to which you do not want to risk applying glue.

Hot Stuff CA glue being applied to a fretboard

4. In between applications with the paper towel, use the NCF Quick accelerator to speed up the finishing process. Spray across the entire fretboard, holding the can approximately 12”-18” away from the surface you are spraying. You simply want to mist over the glue. You can even spray the paper towel if you want to harden the glue quickly and use a different section of the towel.

NCF Quick accelerator for CA glue being applied to a fretboard

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have built up approximately 12-15 coats of glue, depending on the desired results. For a flat, satin like finish, use fewer coats; for high gloss, build up multiple layers.

6. Using a radius block matched to the fretboard’s radius, sand back the Hot Stuff CA glue finish using 400-grit sandpaper.

Sanding a Hot Stuff CA glue finish on a fretboard with a sanding block

7. To check your progress, first wipe down the neck with a damp paper towel to remove sanding debris. Once the surface is cleared, check for ridges and shiny spots appearing on the neck. The shiny spots are low points in the level of the finish, and you should continue sanding until the shine has turned evenly dull across the fretboard.

A partially sanded Hot Stuff CA glue finish on a fretboard

8. Once your finish has been evenly sanded, it is ready to be buffed. Depending on your method of buffing, the Hot Stuff CA glue finish can be buffed to varying degrees. A light buffing job will produce a dull, satin-like finish, and extensive buffing with multiple grades of compound can produce a high-gloss, factory finish.

A fretboard finished with Hot Stuff CA glue being buffed

9. Your finished product will be based upon your desired outcome, but none-the-less it will have shine and a protective, durable finish in a fraction of the time it would take to spray with conventional lacquer.

A fretboard refinished with Hot Stuff CA glue

Installing a Fret

1. When measuring your frets for installation, oversize the cut of your fret ends by 1/8”-1/4”. This will allow you to have a place to apply the glue once the fret has been hammered into place.

Cutting fret ends on a fretboard

2. Once your fret has been hammered and evenly secured across the fretboard, flip the neck over and apply the Hot Stuff CA glue to the bottom of the fret tang, on each side of the neck. The instant glue will naturally wick down inside the fret slot, fixing the fret in place.

Bonding a fret to a guitar fretboard with Hot Stuff CA glue

3. After you have applied the CA glue, turn the neck back over and spray some NCF Quick to move the process along quickly. Remember to keep the can about 12”-18” away from the surface you are spraying.

Curing CA glue on a guitar fretboard with NCF Quick accelerator

4. After the fret has been glued, and there’s been a moment’s pause for the NCF Quick to accelerate the curing process, simply cut the ends of the fret back to the side of the neck using flush-cut end nippers.

Setting a fret in a guitar fretboard with Hot Stuff CA glue

5. Repeat this process with each successive fret until the guitar is complete. Although there are a few more steps involved in completing the fretting process, using Hot Stuff CA glue ensures the frets will stays firmly seated. This is a finished fret job, using Hot Stuff for both the refinishing and fretting process.

A guitar fretboard refretted and refinished with Hot Stuff CA glue

Removing/Replacing a Nut

1. Use the Super Solvent CA glue debonder to quickly dissolve the existing glue. Bead a line of solvent across the front side of the nut, on the top-side of the finger board. Allow 30 sec – 1 min to pass, letting the solvent wick underneath the nut. The solvent can also be used to remove leftover glue in the nut slot, once the nut has been removed.

Dissolving glue on a guitar fretboard with Super Solvent CA glue debonder

2. Using a flat piece of material (either wood or plastic), press across the whole surface of the front of the nut. This will allow the impact of the hammer to spread evenly across. Lightly tap the material until the nut loosens, or falls out of place. If the nut will not fall out of position, you can gently use end nippers to pull it up out of the slot.

Loosening a nut on a guitar with Super Solvent CA glue debonder

3. Using either the Super T medium gap-filling CA glue or theSpecial T thick ultra-gap-filling CA glue, evenly spread the glue across the bottom of the nut. These thicker grades of CA glue will fill gaps left by wood potentially removed while extracting the nut.

Applying Special T thick CA glue to the nut of a guitar

4. Place, or replace the nut in the clean slot. You can replace some tension on the strings over the nut, or use small clamps to ensure drying stability. Allow 20-30 minutes for the CA glue to firmly cure before playing or setting up the instrument.

Bonding a nut to a guitar with Special T thick CA glue

Using Instant Glue to Drop-Fill Dings and Dents

**Note** It is important to point out that Satellite City instant glues should not be used on nitro-cellulose finish. CA glue can produce harmful results when mixed with nitro-cellulose, leaving a cloudy complexion on the instrument’s finish. Instant glue is safe on polyurethane finishes, but you should always check for finish type before attempting to repair dings and cracks with CA glue. However, CA glue is fine on other areas of the instrument, just not when mixed with nitro-cellulose finish.

1. Hot Stuff and Super T CA glue are a safe and easy way to repair dings in a polyurethane finish. Like this example, it is easiest when the wood itself has not been damaged, but just the clear coat. If you can fill the wood or match the paint, however, Satellite City instant glues are a great way to restore worn-out finishes.

A ding in the polyurethane finish of a guitar

2. Use the Pro-Tip applicators and apply a small amount of CA glue inside the cavity. Using Hot Stuff will account for quicker dry times, but you will have to build up more layers in order to make the ding level with the rest of the finish. Special T dries slower, but makes up for it with fewer applications. This decision will vary depending on the job: the size of the ding and it’s placement on the body.

Filling a ding in a guitar's finish with Super T CA glue

3. Make a proper scraping tool by slightly bending in the center of a common razor blade. Mask of the edges with tape, leaving a space of exposed blade in the center of the blade the exact width of the cured glue. Lean the blade back slightly, as you scrape across the surface of the dried glue. This step will help resurface the glue to the level of the clear coat, and reduce time and risk during sanding.

Scraping excess CA glue from a filled-in ding in the finish of a guitar

4. Use a small, flat block, not much bigger than the size of the dent to sand the surface of the drop-fill. You can wrap this block with varying grades of sandpaper until you have reached you desired result. In order to achieve maximum results, and proper blending, you must wet-sand the finish, using mineral spirits or even warm, soapy water.

Using a small sanding block on a ding in a guitar's finish which has been drop-filled with Super T CA glue

5. When you are done sanding and buffing the newly filled ding, your customer will not even know where to look for it!

A guitar's finish which has been successfully drop-filled with Super T CA glue

Satellite City adhesives used in this guide

Hot Stuff CA glue
Super T medium gap-filling CA glue
Special T thick ultra-gap-filling CA glue
NCF Quick accelerator
Super Solvent CA glue debonder
Pro-Tip applicators

These are some of the most common and useful applications for Satellite City instant glues when used for guitar manufacture and repair. Using our CA glue properly will yield excellent results and save you hours or even days compared to traditional products and methods.