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Help removing stickers off guitar finish.

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Mellencaster, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Mellencaster

    Mellencaster Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 22, 2012
    North Bay Ont. Canada
    I just got this 1991 Samick Les Paul copy for $50.00 yesterday it needed pickups ,a bridge and tailpiece. I've got that complete today but other task was removing the abalone stickers that were on the guitar when I bought it.

    I tried a plastic scraper, a metal putty knife and I can't get an edge to lift it off and I'm worried I will damage the finish with something heavier , it's stuck on there really good.Any ideas what I could do without digging into the finish ?


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  2. VintageSG

    VintageSG Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Huddersfield, UK
    Naptha ( Zippo fluid ) on a cotton wool ball. Dab round the edges to soften the glue to get a lifting edge, then more naptha to remove the residue.
     
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  3. Mellencaster

    Mellencaster Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 22, 2012
    North Bay Ont. Canada
    I tried the lighter fluid trick ,it didn't seem to penetrate the coating .I might have to scrape away the plastic coating so it can soak .Thanks for your suggestion.
     

  4. DougM

    DougM Tele-Meister

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    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Zippo or Ronsonol liquid lighter fluid is best for removing anything sticky.
     

  5. Mellencaster

    Mellencaster Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 22, 2012
    North Bay Ont. Canada
    I tried more lighter fluid and nothing ,I was feeling for an edge and I come to realization these might be inlays in the finish .The pickup selector area I feel an edge at the body finish and not sticker.Very odd!:(
     

  6. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire

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  7. pdcorlis

    pdcorlis Tele-Meister

    Orange or citrus based cleaner/solvents?
     

  8. duzie

    duzie TDPRI Member

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    Jul 8, 2017
    Nw New Jersey
    Try heating the stickers up with a hairdryer then see if you can peel an edge up with a razor blade then you can use rubbing alcohol to remove the glue
    Hope that helps ...
     
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  9. Darkness

    Darkness Tele-Holic

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    Acetylene torch should get those right off.
     
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  10. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    WNC Isothermal Zone
    +1
     

  11. fenderrookie

    fenderrookie A fan of Leo! Ad Free + Supporter

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    Borrow the Wife's or girlfriend's hair dryer.....
     

  12. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jul 18, 2010
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    For the record, alcohol will ruin a nitro finish. Not saying this one is, but that's why naphtha is recommended. It won't harm any part of any guitar, far as I'm aware.
     
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  13. Milspec

    Milspec Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 15, 2016
    Nebraska
    Remove the switch and see if they really are stickers first. If so, a razor blade coated with a little bit of naphtha and go slow.
     

  14. Mellencaster

    Mellencaster Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 22, 2012
    North Bay Ont. Canada
    Thanks for all your suggestion but I hit a wall.Most definitely these are inlays ,I used a magnifying glass and where I thought the sticker edges were deteriorating is green fill in the along the edges . Hack job at that too , I might coat the inlay edges sharper with some black nail polish .
     

  15. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
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    Goo-Gone or Goof-Off works.
    Goo-Gone smells better.
     
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  16. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 16, 2014
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    If it were me, I'd pry them out and make it a refinish project. Those look like crap.
     
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  17. AlbertaGriff

    AlbertaGriff Tele-Meister

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    Mar 2, 2016
    Alberta, Canada
    I recently used Goo Gone to get some stickers off an 80's P-Bass with a beautiful sunburst finish. I don't know why someone would have ever covered it up.

    I used an old plastic card (library or credit) to get the majority of the sticker off, then Goo Gone for the sticky paper bits. Worked like a charm.
     

  18. Mellencaster

    Mellencaster Friend of Leo's

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    Nov 22, 2012
    North Bay Ont. Canada
    Yes, they do look like crap and most likely a refinishing project in the future but for now I can live with it until then.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2017

  19. spauldingrules

    spauldingrules Tele-Holic

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    Put some sweet stickers over them
     
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  20. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Mar 2, 2003
    Lawndale CA
    FWIW the suggestions regarding lighter fluid - "naphtha" - are correct for stickers (obviously not inlays). Goo Gone is an expensive naphtha based material. Alcohol is a terrible idea on lacquers; hair dryers are definitely helpful but have to be used *very* carefully, and naphtha is still needed to remove residue.
     
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