What can I use to remove sticker residue from rosewood fretboard

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  1. maxvintage

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    Boiled linseed oil will not get gummy--it's a curing oil, that's what the "boiled" part refers to

    Acetone doesn't hurt poly
     
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    Acetone may melt the inlays. I would try naptha (lighter fluid).
     
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    Right I already said that, see above in the comment you copied and pasted
     
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    Wow, thanks for all the responses, I’ll try some naptha first I think, see how it goes.
     
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    Try warming them with a hairdryer and carefully and slowly peeling them off.
     
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    An even simpler way to remove sticker residue is to rub it with a thumb or fingertip to create friction, build a little heat, and the stuff rolls right up into little toe jam footballs.

    And yeah--that is the origin of that term from the Beatles' tune Come Together.
     
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    I use a hair blow dryer to heat up and remove stickers on bicycles and cars. It works like a charm. I would go in slowly on a guitar. I am not sure how immense heat would negatively effect a guitar.

    I use goof off if I don't care about the surface underneath. But man, that stuff is strong - use outdoors.
     
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    Goo Gone is good and doesn't absorb into the wood, the glue residue will roll off. I also use it for wiping off dust with a lightly moistened rage on electronic stuff and it's gold.
     
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    lighter fluid also works, usually and doesn't do any harm to lacquer
     
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    Naphtha
     
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    I’d use alcohol, moderately, dry, and oil the board. I usually come home from work with several packaged alcohol swabs in my pocket... they’re kind of handy to have
     
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    I haven’t seen 0000 steel wool mentioned.

    I would imagine some fretboard conditioner with some LIGHT steel wool scrubbing would make it like new.
     
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    Naptha or rubbing alcohol
     
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    Use naphtha (old-fashioned lighter fluid). It will not harm the wood of the fretboard and evaporates quickly. DO NOT USE ANYTHING ABRASIVE LIKE STEEL WOOL WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO REMOVE WOOD.
     
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    GooGone contains petroleum distillates in addition to citrus oil.
     
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    I’m told by my younger brother/guitarist that plain old lighter fluid does the trick with adhesives with no damage.
     
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    What about lighter fluid ?
     
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    Just hit it with an angle grinder. That sticker won't know what hit it.
     
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    You could use a guitar rosewood fretboard sticker glue residue remover tool and fluid. Or saliva and an old T Shirt.
     
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    Curious, where did you get the inlay stickers?
    Were the specifically designed to be fretboard inlay stickers?
    Thanks
     
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