Preferred method to remove waterslide headstock decals?

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  1. slack

    slack Friend of Leo's

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    In searching the forum I found but a few references to this, with vinegar and naptha being mentioned.

    To those possibly in the know, is there a preferred and proven safe means for removing waterslide decals from headstocks? In this instance it would be to remove an inappropriate and wrongly placed spaghetti logo on a 66 neck.
     
  2. Mr. Droopy-Drawers

    Mr. Droopy-Drawers Tele-Meister

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    Hopefully there is a few coats of lacquer under the decal. In that case, I've had success just wet-sanding the offending decal off, and starting again. If there is no lacquer, sanding the headstock down and starting 'right' may be the only option. Either way, I remove the tuning pegs and ferrules, and buff the old girl up real nice.
     
  3. Detman101

    Detman101 Banned

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    If there isn't any coating over the decal, you can try this method.

    1. Get a paper towel and fold it to fit the size of the decal.
    2. soak it with warm water with a little vinegar.
    3. Let the soaked towel sit on top of the decal for about an hour.
    4. Dry off any excess water/vinegar.
    5. Remove the loosened decal with painters tape. (Or your fingernails if you are able and want to...lol)


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  4. mellecaster

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    Basic question..is it over or under the finish ?
     
  5. ramseybella

    ramseybella Tele-Afflicted

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    If you have not coated it and it is on top of a coat or two of finish, wet rag Vinegar throw it in the microwave heat it a little and lay it over the decal.
    naptha and an old tooth brush after you remove buff the headstock.
     
  6. ronstackman

    ronstackman TDPRI Member

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    Thanks ramseybella! I bought a used Nash and it had a Fender decal applied. I put a rag under some hot water, added a bit of vinegar to the rag and set in on the headstock for about 40'. The painters tape lifted it right off. Perfect. Great forum.
     
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