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Help me??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by skateandbass, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. skateandbass


    Aug 15, 2013
    Im new to this forum, so sorry if this is in the wrong place... I did something really stupid which I now hate myself for. I wrote something down on the palm of my hand in Sharpie pen, then went to play my bass with sweaty hands. The ink has run and now has stained the neck of my bass and i have no clue how to get it off!! It's really annoying me, I always look after everything I own and I can't stop hating myself for this!! Please help.... :(

  2. skateandbass


    Aug 15, 2013
    What if I sand it down? Would that be disastrous? :(
  3. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Do you know what the finish is on your neck?
  4. skateandbass


    Aug 15, 2013
    I'm not entirely sure, but I know it's maple and the finish is kind of matt look. To be honest, I don't even know what model bass it is. Don't judge me haha
  5. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Pics would help a lot in assessing your situation, both in IDing the bass and seeing what the marker looks like on the neck.
  6. skateandbass


    Aug 15, 2013
    How do I post a picture?
  7. try this I read someone took sharpie of a Martin guitar and they are expensive
    "A little of the gojo original formula non abrasive hand cleaner rubbed in till it liquefies and wipe off repeat if needed
    It is actually very gentle, I have used this on many types guitars of different finishes also many woods including Delicate antique wood furniture with amazing results"

  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    And...don't sand it off, not with sandpaper at least.
  9. If you sand it off, which you can do, you'll need to be prepared to sand the entire neck, and headstock, and refinish it. Otherwise, you'll have an even uglier section of the neck to contend with. Depending on what finish you have on your neck, you can use a solvent to remove the sharpie. If you say it is "matte" finish, then my guess would be that it is nitrocellulose lacquer. Nitro is some pretty tuff stuff an can hold up to a number of different solvents, but not sure which ones. Do a google search and see which solvents would be best to use. Some suggestions for the search are acetone, denatured alcohol and regular brush cleaner. Good luck.
  10. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    Clouseau! Is that you?
  11. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Unless he's got a vintage bass or an AVRI, I doubt it's nitro. I feel like he'd know what kind of bass it is as well. New Fenders have a satin/matte finished poly neck. I'm not saying it's a Fender either.

    Nitro is notoriously not tough compared to poly, that's why it's preferred for relic jobs and such.
  12. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Assuming it's not nitro finished, you could try a little rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth, possibly a paper towel.

    Sharpie and alcohol are mortal enemies. ;)
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    No sanding. Use solvents, but be CAREFUL not to damage the finish. Do tests in small, out of the way neck areas.
  14. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Saw this yesterday on FB..

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  15. davenumber2


    Aug 14, 2013
    I know for a fact ethyl alcohol will take off Sharpie no problem. If it's a nitro finish naphtha (lighter fluid) should take it off.
  16. skateandbass


    Aug 15, 2013
    Thanks for the help :) No it's not a fender (and no I'm not a he!) it's a vintage brand something or other. I'd love to ID it, but no idea where to begin.