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NGD & Removing Protective Film

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by klkampman, Jun 13, 2018.

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  1. klkampman

    klkampman Tele-Meister

    Jun 16, 2016
    Hey guys. I just brought home a 60s Classic Series Strat in nitro lacquer. Woohoo!
    I was wondering how you all remove the protective film from the pickguard and other parts. Is there more than one way to skin a cat in this case? I am not quite ready to take the screws out and start messing with it in that way but I want the plastic off because duh, and it's also wrinkled and peeling off anyway. I had a 72 Custom RI Tele (with 16+ screws) for at least 10 years before I got all the tiny bits out of the switch nut and screw threads.
  2. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    First off, pics. Must. have. pics.

    Second, I've always pulled up the film on one of the corners and slowly pulled it off. Under the strings is the trickiest part, but it can totally be done without removing anything else. Take your time with it and enjoy the satisfying feeling that can only come from slowly removing the plastic film.

    Good luck! Oh yeah...

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  3. klkampman

    klkampman Tele-Meister

    Jun 16, 2016
    I will post pics as soon as I get this wrinkly eye sore off my pickguard!
    I'm not really into Strats, or so I thought. While on a trip to my hometown I toured the Guitar Centers they built while I was away. We don't have anything like that near where I live now. I picked it out without any online research, forum browsing, reviews, or specifications scrutinty. It felt good. It sounded amazing. Tones I cannot get with any other guitar I have. I feel like I entered a new chapter in life. Making decisions maturely, based on what sounds best rather than looks, opinions, or other influences. My biggest thing with Strats is everyone has one, (now I know why) but I always liked to be a little different. They seemed boring and common. My love of Teles started the same way so I'm not surprised. At first ugly, misunderstood, and despised to outright love and loyalty. I did get a 72 Custom though because they were not a "common, normal, boring" Tele. Anyways, pics soon!
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  4. dbickford

    dbickford Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 24, 2012
    Morgan, Vermont
    Loosen each pickguard screw a turn or two, then slowly peel it off. Then tighten the screws. This prevents those little pieces of torn plastic around the screws.
  5. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    Leave it on!

    You don't know how much mojo you are stripping off and throwing away! :p
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  6. EspyHop

    EspyHop Tele-Meister

    May 28, 2018
    Dayton, OH
    It won’t be in original condition if you remove it.
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  7. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 1, 2018
    Timbuktu, Earth
    Just pull it off.

    Don't be a pu**y.
  8. Art VanDelay

    Art VanDelay Tele-Holic

    May 20, 2018
    The pickguard film will bubble and look like a** if left on. Other musicians also might snicker like when you see someone with the price tag still on their shirt.

    It's yours now, enjoy!
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  9. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    Yank it off..........................
  10. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    Just pull it off.

    It's easier than a divorce in Texas.

    Just peel off one edge, pull it up and off, and then everything will be right with the world.
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  11. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2013
    Essex UK
    It'll burn off quite easily...........................
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  12. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Take it off - but be careful / take your time. Don't do what my mate did; use a pair of metal tweezers to get under the strings and put a deep scratch on the chrome pick up cover (on his new Les Paul) when they slipped.
  13. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

    Aug 18, 2017
    How can this be an issue? Just rip if off and play the darn thing. :)
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  14. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    I once saw a guy at a blues jam play a brand new AVRI 52 with the price tag still on the headstock. He was only about 16 by the looks of him. But he was also waaaay better than me. So I declined to mock him.
  15. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    I gotta get in on this one, 'cause I recently had to do it - twice!

    Firstly, I always restring with D'Addario EXL110's, which makes this much easier.

    Secondly, I do what dbickford does, which is to unscrew the pickguard screws a few turns, then peel away; this method leaves no plastic remnants peeking out under the screws, but...

    For me, the neck pickup screws are the "fly in the ointment". I can never seem to get the plastic film to slip off those pickup screws in one piece! It always takes an X-acto knife to cut away the plastic that remains around the screws.

    Am I missing something? I don't loosen the pickup screws because I fear dropping the pickup and having to remove the 'guard!

    My $.02.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
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  16. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
  17. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    I recall someone here posting a question about how dull-looking and easily scratched his pickguard was after only a few weeks of playing.

    Turned out, he hadn't peeled the plastic off yet.
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  18. PigBoy

    PigBoy Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Fire works well.
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  19. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2013
    Essex UK
    That’s two for the blow lamp solution then!
  20. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    Yep - this. I did it when I changed my strings. I saved the plastic, just in case I sell it later, and some idiot on Craigslist wants the original plastic or it's not worth "50% less" and they don't lowball me. :lol::lol::lol:

    Seriously, I removed it carefully, stuck it to a sheet of paper, and filed it with the other paperwork. I have no idea why - I just did.
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