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I have an old guitar project that i want to get into reasonable condition to try a paint swirl on.
There are a few cracks/ chips and holes that need filing.
Would i be able to use wood filler on all the repairs or how should i go about filling these damages??
At moment im not sure what kind of pickup im going to use... I have a gibson humbucker iv thought about using but could i use a piezo pickup so that i have maximum surface area for the paint swirl.
If you havent seen paint swirls on guitar here it is :-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cY4LXZqX-w
(MHO)I wouldn't use wood filler for repairs of this size. Would probably remove the damaged wood and patch it with pieces of the same/similar wood. Kind of "inlays". Then sand the excess wood out, fill the cracks (your wood filler comes here!), sand it again.
I had some unpleasant experience with the "wood filler repairs"...
P.S. The "swirling" is a cool (and simply done) effect!
plug the holes with wood then fill over with your favorite filler, like rafal says. Assume your doing a base coat on the body? this helps bring out the colours from the swirl. Gotta warn that the 'borax method' is quite tricky to pull off ( much practise needed). I've swirl-painted a couple of cbgs using 'Marbling Paint' to satisfactory results. good luck!
I would trim the damaged areas as square and flush as I could, then make patch pieces from wood and glue them in after I had a good tight fit. Any cracks I would fill with a mixture of sawdust and white glue or a thick viscosity super glue such as that sold by Stewart Mac.
After everything is filled and sanded smooth, then I would paint.
Good luck, that looks like a lit of damage. What was it done with, a router?
Something that big I would be tempted to add a pickguard like a stratocaster to cover the most of the damage and for anything outside the pickguard area I 'd go for a car filler eg Isopon p38 easy sand - it is cheap and sands to a nice smooth finish and is quick to work with (I got the last lot from Wilkinsons). You could add a contrast colour swirl to the pickguard if you wanted. The extra space created by the hole means you have a good space for some onboard effects or a preamp if you add a piezo :O)