I ordered my silver pearloid pickguard from Warmoth, and it looks real purty. The problem is that the material overlaps the control plate ever so slightly. (It's a MIM, and Warmoth says their guards might not fit some Mexi-Basses, so this is all my problem.) Here's a picture of what needs to be removed (roughly):
What should I use to trim this down? Should I file it? Saw it? I've never had to cut a pickguard before. Is it going to smell bad, as I have heard pickguards can, when cut?