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Cleaning MOTS

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by guitar ed, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. guitar ed

    guitar ed

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    Hi,

    I just picked up a 1940's National Guitar lap steel. With the exception of the tuner buttons, it's in great shape.

    The issue that I am trying to deal with is some sticker residue on the MOTS finish. I was thinking of using rubbing alcohol, but I was hoping that there might somebody with more experience than myself who could help me.

    Thanks,

    edg
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    What is MOTS?
  3. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    Don't know perzactly what you've got, but I ruined an old celluloid tort guard off an epi archtop bass with denatured alcohol. That said, I've got a newish MIM J bass with an aftermarket MOTS guard on it and I wipe it down with denatured from time to time for cleaning so there is definitely a big difference in what they are made of today versus way back when.

    Rubbing alcohol is not near as strong but unless you can get a replacement for the MOTS you are talking about, I'd proceed with much caution with any kind of alcohol.
  4. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Supporting Member

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    I assume it stands for Mother of Toilet Seat aka pearloid
  5. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    In Dan Erlewine's repair book he recommends naptha for cleaning old instruments. Might be worth googling his name to see if there's an article available online.

    And +1 to being cautious.
  6. T-Bird

    T-Bird

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    Hi.

    If in doubt about what the finish/material may be, I always try cooking oil first.

    And I also always test any liquid on an invisible spot.

    Any solvent will most likely destroy any finish made before the 60's.

    IME anyway.

    Regards
    Sam
  7. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    What do you use to get the oil off of it once it's clean?
  8. T-Bird

    T-Bird

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    Hi.

    Soap.

    Regards
    Sam
  9. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    :D:D

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