Preferred method to remove waterslide headstock decals?

slack

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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.
 

Mr. Droopy-Drawers

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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.
 

Detman101

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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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ramseybella

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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.
 

ronstackman

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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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