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How to remove tuner bushes from neck before spraying?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by AndrewC, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. AndrewC

    AndrewC TDPRI Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    I stupidly tried a dry run assembling all my components on my first partscaster build to see if everything fitted. The problem is I pressed the tuner bushes into the neck before spraying!

    I'm planning on spraying the neck with nitro rattle cans I take it this will be a disaster if I leave the bushes in while spraying?

    If I need to remove them is there any trick to doing this?

    Thanks in advance for any advice with this.

  2. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    take the tuners off and use a wooden dowel or similar to knock them out from the back.... they should come out OK...
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  3. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    BTW, NOT stupid to dry-run assemble before finish. If something does not fit, the last thing you need is to have to worry about protecting a new and delicate finish while you deal with the fit problem.

    I have used a clamp with short dowel and piece of wood with a ~1/2" hole drilled in it as backer, to press out bushings. I like to think that this is less likely to pull up a chip around the face of a bushing hole than tapping the bushing out, but I doubt there's really any difference. What can make a difference, when I remember to do it, is to dress the bushing hole very lightly with a hand-powered countersink, so the lip of the hole is slightly chamfered. Only a touch is needed, the bushing top covers the chamfer.
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  4. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jan 12, 2013
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I use the drive/square end of a drill bit of the corresponding size. The length of the bit gives you enough control to push it out the front very gently.
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  5. reddesert

    reddesert Tele-Meister

    Jul 19, 2016
    I used a C clamp, a backer - this can be anything like a piece of wood spaced away from the headstock with a roll of tape - and a socket from a socket wrench set to press out the bushings.
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  6. BadMojo

    BadMojo Tele-Meister

    Sep 17, 2017
    I use a wooden dowel thin enough to pass through the bushing. Then I wrap a little bit of tape around it so that it catches the bushing. They usually pop out like a charm.

    I will pop them back in with a small C clamp with felt furniture pads.

  7. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Meister

    Aug 20, 2017
    Federal Way, Washington
    I would use the shank end of a drill, and a mallet.

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