Mustang Cleanup

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by el basso, Dec 24, 2012.


  1. el basso

    el basso Supporting Member

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    I'm a rookie DIY'er. I just found a nice, albeit weathered, 1974 Mustang in burst with a pearl pickguard. The plate was warped in several spots, so I removed it to reveal what the pics show.

    I'm ordering a new pickguard (pearl? tort?) and screws, but should I clean this up at all? If so, how? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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  2. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Probably the celluloid pg leaching its noxious chemicals and eating the nitro finish. I'd just knock any bumpy areas down with a light sanding, clean it with naphtha polish the whole thing and cover it back up.

    http://www.balisongcollector.com/celluloid.html
  3. el basso

    el basso Supporting Member

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    thanks, tbird!

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  4. grisezd

    grisezd Supporting Member

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    On the other hand, if the pickguard covers it I'd leave it alone. Somebody might want an unmolested '74 some day. If you can rub it off with a soft damp cloth go for it. Or sand it. It's your bass.

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