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Best way to remove tape from fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by rbenson, Sep 20, 2010.


  1. rbenson

    rbenson

    Sep 14, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I'm the proud new owner of a lightly used and beautifully set up Christopher DB103. On the ebony fingerboard are two pieces of cellophane transparent tape that were used as markers. What is the best way to remove the tape and any remaining residue? Thanks!
     
  2. etherealme

    etherealme Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Louisiana
  3. powerbass

    powerbass

    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    +1 googone
     
  4. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    I take a lot of tape off violin and cello fingerboards at the store and I use a thin guitar pick and naphtha - lighter fluid.
     
  5. rbenson

    rbenson

    Sep 14, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks to all. I give it a try this week.
     
  6. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    [DEL]I got a second hand 1/4 size violin for my daughter. Genuine Nagoya Suzuki brand, with plastic pegs and all. It was just covered in tape goo. There were tapes on top of tapes on the fingerboard, and on the bow. There was a huge mass of moleskin surrounding the chinrest.

    Goo-Gone took off all of the goo. However, it also took off the black paint that was on the fingerboard. That was a mess. I got it cleaned up to the point where the fiddle was playable, and my daughter made good use of it until she outgrew it.[/DEL]

    QFT, see below.
     
  7. CPike

    CPike

    May 28, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    +1 on Naptha, negative on Googone. Googone will melt the varnish is you're careless or accidentally drip it. Naptha won't, just make sure you wear gloves and use it in a well-ventilated area. Another reason not to use Googone: it's just plain messier.

    cdp
     
  8. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Note in edit: Goof-Off contains a laundry list of solvents, at least 2 or 3 of which are probably unfriendly to instrument varnish. That's what I get for not reading the product label. :meh:
     
  9. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Lighter fluid is naptha? I never knew! Yeah, that's probably the best.
     
  10. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Its sometimes handier to use it in the little spray tin rather than the gallon can! ;)
     
  11. quickly
     
  12. MDEbass

    MDEbass

    Dec 15, 2008
    Houston
    Googone will also make your bass smell like googone.
     
  13. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Like a Band-Aid? ;)
     
  14. getting it on correctly is far harder than getting it off..;)
     
  15. Eric Swanson

    Eric Swanson

    Oct 8, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Naptha and a guitar pick. I buy it in the quart and the local hardware. Good for a lot of things...
     
  16. Side topic- I never use tape for my middle school bass students. Instead, I use small dots of White Out on the side of the fingerboard where 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th positions are. Because they are on the side and not the front, only the student knows they are there, and you can easily rub them off with a fingernail.
     
  17. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Are we still discussing the removal of the tape? :D
     
  18. Bass

    Bass

    Nov 10, 2003
    Canada
    Ha.
     
  19. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Thank you! ;)
     
  20. nemo

    nemo

    Mar 19, 2004
    Czech
    Sticky tape and stickers residues are easily removed by regular cooking oil and cloth. Easy.
     
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