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Goo Gone and pickguards.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Batmensch, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. I have a spare Squier P-bass pickguard, andit has some spots of old masking tape residue. I was thinking of using Goo gone to remove them , but I'm uncertain what the stuff might do to the pickguard. Is Goo Gone safe to use? Will it hurt the pickguard? If it's not compatible, is there a safer alternative?
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Try a dab on the backside first to determine tolerance. WD40 or white vinegar may do the trick, as well.

  3. I thought of that, but I don't want to buy the stuff and then find out I can't use it. I do have some white vinegar, maybe I'll give it a try. TNX.
  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    WD-40 works.
  5. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Dunno about vinegar dissolving the adhesive, but WD40 will do it, as will Goo Gone.

    One suggestion to add: remove the pickguard from the bass before you get to work on the sticker. That way you don't have to worry about solvent getting down the pickup rout or pulling (capillary action) under the edge of the pickguard. WD40 likes to wick into small spaces; that's what it's made to do.

    And a wipe with isopropyl alcohol after you're done with the solvent will get any greasiness off the pickguard.

    Edit: duh. Now I notice that you said it was a spare pickguard, so I take you to mean it's not installed on a bass...
  6. Heh, yes it's a spare ...
    Anyway, so will WD40 do any damage to the PG? (I'm assuming no?) That's my main concern, if any of these solvents will damage the PG.
  7. bassdog


    May 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    I use a tiny bit of lighter fluid for stuff like that. Works great but be careful with that cig!
  8. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    No - neither of them will hurt the pickguard.

    I recently bought a NOS replacement pick guard for a Peavey Fury (PV Customer service and parts is AMAZING) and the clear protective plastic was so old and hard it would not come off. I soaked the pickguard in WD-40 overnight to soften the adhesive (Thanks to TBers' suggestions) and it came off the next day. The only problems were the scrape marks from my earlier efforts. Afterwards, you can just wash with a little dishwashing detergent to get the oil off.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I use goo gone with no problems
  10. FunkRenegade


    Jul 7, 2012
    I use goo gone all the time. mcguiars scratch x works well for removing swirls
  11. Thnx guys!
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  13. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Only if acetone-free and, even then, I'd be extra careful and test in an inconspicuous spot.