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How to repair? - 09-26-2019, 06:08 PM

Mechanics, How would you repair the damage on this gc1 rail? The best way I can describe the damage is someone taking a hammer and nail set and making a punch mark. Thank you in advance for the replies. Charles
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Tough one.... - 09-27-2019, 10:37 AM

I'm not sure you can repair that formica damage as is . I have heard of people polishing out scratches , but those dents look deep , and the formica looks cracked around the dents. You can have the Formica changed , I'm thinking by a cabinet maker. He might know . But there are some real good table mechanics on here . Leave it here , be patient. I'm restoring a GC1 and I had a few dents , but not anything as bad as those. Good luck with it.


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09-27-2019, 10:52 AM

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I'm not sure you can repair that formica damage as is . I have heard of people polishing out scratches , but those dents look deep , and the formica looks cracked around the dents. You can have the Formica changed , I'm thinking by a cabinet maker. He might know . But there are some real good table mechanics on here . Leave it here , be patient. I'm restoring a GC1 and I had a few dents , but not anything as bad as those. Good luck with it.
Thanks for the reply. It is just one mark with pictures from different angles. I was thinking the same thing about having the Formica changed.
  
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09-27-2019, 12:50 PM

Nothing will make it disappear.

That said, any repairs ought not be distracting to sighting/sightlines; but the following are possibilities.

Somebody really good could tempate-rout out to beyond the bend edges, and insert a similar pattern inlay from scrap formica. But it will never be perfect & is quite tricky.

More practical/more easily accomplished: template rout or drill in a different color, like it was a "knot". Light colors might be distracting.

Template rout out a lozenge and install an ivorine inlay or bronze medallion engraved: "Custom design for Chart 22, Sept 27, 2019"

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09-27-2019, 01:42 PM

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The best way I can describe the damage is someone taking a hammer and nail set and making a punch mark.
I stand corrected
NOT a “Ball Drop”.
One of deepest holes I have seen.

You could fill it in with colored epoxy.
But it will always show.
Live with it.


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09-27-2019, 01:48 PM

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Thatís a ďBall DropĒ.
One of deepest I have seen.

You could fill it in with colored epoxy.
But it will always show.
Live with it.
No, it is not a ball drop at all. Not sure how you think a ball could do that. It is actually from the screw on the bottom of the bumper of a house cue.... Some jerk got mad and damaged it permanently.

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09-27-2019, 02:33 PM

The replacement Formica sounds like the way to go. I think Jerimy Chambers has a near perfect match for that old GC Formica, so it might just be a good time to replace all the Formica rail caps, and while the table is down for repairs you could have those rails recalibrated if need be. Just a thought, I hate down time so Iím always thinking about getting the most out of a situation like this.
  
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09-27-2019, 02:34 PM

Clear two-part epoxy fill, then buff out smooth? Just a thought. It would still be visible but less likely to grow, or impede your bridge hand?
  
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