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Old 10-04-2021, 03:59 PM
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Wood Finish Crack "Repair"

I heard about a material called Glu Boost that was supposed to be good for fixing cracks in guitar and other gloss wood finished. After watching the video of its use, I decided to give it a try and do a write up on how it turned out.

It is not a perfect repair in the case of the cracks in my center console. As a prep to doing my center console wood, I did the wood on my door trims that had some small cracks in them. That turned out well as the cracks were smaller and not very open.

So I went to work on the center console. The first step is to remove the center console from the truck. That is a PITA, but necessary as to , IMHO, do the job right the wood needs to be removed from the console and the plastic parts that are attached to the metal piece the wood is attached to it need to be removed too. The only way to do that is to pull the console.

This first set of photos is to show the condition of the console before I started. It also shows the first material I used for the cracks along with the accelerator spray. The Glu Boost is applied and then sprayed with accelerator so it hardens. That happens immediatley.
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Old 10-04-2021, 04:08 PM
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Crack "Repair" Continued

After removing the console, the metal carrier for the wood and all plastic parts from it, I wiped everything down and started applying material to the cracks. One thing I discovered when doing the cracks on the door trims is that the bottle tip itself applies a lot of material that then has to be removed. Fortunately they supply little tips to put the filler in that allows a much smaller amount to be applied. I also found that after applying the material going over it with a plastic razor blade thins the amount of material on the surface. This also helps reduce the amount of sanding.

I then sanded down the applied material starting with 400 grit and working all the way up through the grades to 2000.

These photos show the process.
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Old 10-04-2021, 04:18 PM
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Crack "Repair" Continued

After sanding out the material, I buffed it out using a 3" random orbit buffer. I started with the fiber pad and Chemical Guys 34 hybrid polish. After the first buffing, I found I was not happy with how the thin material worked. The cracks were still pretty visible.

So, I used the other material they supply that is a "filler". After applying that material, I again sanded through all the grits starting at 600. After the second fill and sand I hit it with the buffer and the 34 compound.

The fill material worked better. It certainly isn't perfect, but the cracks are reduced in visibility. Especially, when back in the truck.

These photos show final product after an initial buffing with 34 and then I buffed using foam pads polishing compounds of 36 and 38.
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Crack "Repair" Continued

After final polish I gave it a couple coats of wax. I then reassembled all plastic parts to the metal the wood is attached to. Before I reassembled I also gave the ashtray cover a good polish with the three compounds.

After that reassembly, I reattached it all to the center console and reinstalled the center console. A serious PITA that resulted in the mandatory blood sacrifice.

While the cracks are still visible that are certainly less obvious than they were before. Because of the thickness of the wood and finish I don't think anything short of completely stripping the finish would completely eliminate them. Although not perfect, I'm satisfied with how it turned out.
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Looks good / much improved. I have to try this
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Mandatory blood sacrifice. Nice.

In sailing we call that a "boat bite".
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Mandatory blood sacrifice. Nice.

In sailing we call that a "boat bite".
Had plenty of boat bites when I was sailing too.
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