Black Smudges

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by 8liter, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. 8liter

    8liter Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Hey there ladies/gents. Yesterday a poster fell off my wall and the black binding rubbed some nasty marks on my Yamaha BB.

    I haven't the slightest clue how to get these off. Any help would be much appreciated!

    Here are some pics.

    DSC01605_zpsc06dd4b0. DSC01606_zps479ea622.
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I'm thinking along the terms of mild solvent (Goo Gone, etc) and/or rubbing compound. I'm sure others will embellish my response but it's a start. I would certainly limit my trial(s) to the most inconspicuous area.

  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Have you tried a moistened cloth yet?
  4. Rubbing compound should be the last resort. Try a solvent like naptha (lighter fluid).
  5. wcoffey81


    Feb 3, 2012
    S/E Michigan
    start with some glass cleaner on a soft cloth. if that doesn't work, a little automotive polishing compound or swirl mark remover on a microfiber cloth will get the job done.
  6. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Goo Gone is my go-to for stuff like that.
    And for some reason, spit works well, too. Not sure why, but I've made scuffs go away with spit polishing.

    I'd avoid windex, it tends to cloud a poly gloss surface. But you can always apply polish afterwards.
  7. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Spit also works for getting pen ink off of skin.... It was part of a junior high science class exercise that I recall from a "few" years ago.....

    I personally would try, in order:

    Window cleaner
    Naphtha (lighter fluid)
    Car wax
    Rubbing compound
  8. Having worked in the printing industry, I learned that WD40 is really good for removing printing ink. I just thought I'd throw that out there for future reference. I wouldn't get it anywhere near my basses, though.

    I'd try Meguiars's #2 Polish if you have to resort to something stronger than a simple cleaner. I've used this, and their #3 Carnuba Wax on my basses, and it's cheaper and works better than those little cans of the guitar company stuff.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I vote for goo gone stuff is amazing.
  10. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    If it's a poly finish like the modern Fenders, a dab of WD40 on an old T-shirt should take it right off. I pulled a couple of stickers off a poly finish J bass the other day and they left sticky residue behind. I went with denatured alcohol and all it did was push the gunk around and darken it up so it was more noticeable. I tried windex and again, no love. All I had left was some WD so I shot a tiny spot on an old rag torn from a T-shirt and hey presto, gone like magic. I later rubbed the whole body down with windex, then used some polishing compound (by hand on a t-shirt rag) to get a few little paint rubs off the bottom edge. After that I waxed it with turtle wax paste and it's slick as a baby's be-hind.
  11. 8liter

    8liter Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Thanks a lot for the tips. Some windex, a cotten shirt and some elbow grease, and it was gone in about 10 minutes.

    Now to buy a better poster hanger :rolleyes: