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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by StayEzio, Oct 20, 2013.
What is the easiest and the safest way to remove a sticker from a bass guitar ?
First step is to know what type of finish you are dealing with.
If you have nitrocellulose lacquer, do not use alcohol. For nitro, you can use napthalene, (lighter fluid).
Polyurethane is less likely to be damaged. Goo Gone, WD40, and alcohol should all work.
So is this wd 40 thing safe cuz i am not sure which material it is ... would a hair dryer do the job ?
I would not use WD40 on a nitro finish.
A hair dryer may work.
There are different types of stickers. I bought a MIM Stratocaster a few years ago that was covered with stickers, and they peeled off very easily. I was surprised that I only needed to use a solvent for a very little bit of the final clean up.
Naptha - lighter fluid- works great on polyurethane.
Go another direction with products called Goo Gone and Goof Off. Both are made just for your problem.
You could try gently removing them mechanically; use your fingernail or something softer than the finish (toothpick, popsicle stick, plastic scraper) carefully so as not to scratch the finish. Peel off everything you can. Lift, don't dig. Then for any adhesive and last layer of paper that is left on the surface, wrap duct tape sticky-side out around your fingers. Push it on the adhesive and then pull away rapidly from one edge over, sometimes the adhesive would rather stick to the duct tape than the finish. "Pat" it that way and you should be able to get most or all of it off with no chemicals. Watch out for an older, valuable instrument; for a cracked or crazed finish you may end up lifting the finish instead, take it to a pro.
Hey folks; Opening up this old zombie thread. I read this and other suggestions on the internet.
I found a foolproof way that took me 5 MINUTES !
Here it is:
You need an iron, a wet piece of cloth (towel, washcloth) and fingernail polish 'REMOVER'
1. heat up the iron on 'cotton' setting (hot)
2. wet the cloth and lay it over the sticker.
3. Iron it. Steam will come off, keep ironing for 30-60 seconds.
4. Remove towel and use a metal spoon to (gently) scrape off the sticker.
Repeat the above if there's still a majority of the sticker left.
5. When only some glue is left, moisten a cloth with the fingernail polish 'Remover'. It will wipe off everything !!
6. Clean up the bass with some water and dry
Best of luck
^^NOT fingernail polish. fingernail polish REMOVER, AKA acetone.^^
You can get a quart of acetone at Home Depot for what you'll pay for a small bottle of nail polish remover.
A note of caution:
It doesn't matter if you use fingernail polish remover or acetone. They're essentially the same thing. What does matter is what kind of finish to which you are applying it. Polys are fine.
Acetone will remove nitrocellulose lacquer right along with the "sticker." If you are unsure of what kind of finish is on the instrument, test on scrap or a spot that no one will see.
Just to spread more fear and paranoia, I've read about stickers sinking into nitro finishes if they've been there for a long time. It is probably risky trying to remove these!
I've removed stickers and found a tanline in lighter poly finishes on older instruments.
The glue from your stickers might have also already harmed a nitro finish.
Even a poly finish can be scratched when you remove the sticker. I would try and squeegee it off with an old credit card, having dissolved the paper layer of the sticker with whatever solvent you go for. The gluey under layer needs more work, and I would use a solvent-soaked cloth for this.
I've seen instruments with poly finishes, and scratched sticker tanlines in the finish. A previous owner used something mildly abrasive to remove the sticker, and the finish scratched before the sticker fully gave up.
That WOULD make a difference; good catch.
I'd be really careful using any kind of hard scraper on your bass, especially something made of metal.