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    Default Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?



    Came back from tour to find my explorer had this surprise for me

    Itís my fault I mean I left the masking tape on there

    How can I clean this off? I donít have naphtha etc

    Iím thinking elbow grease with some water and light soap?


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    Default Re: Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?

    ... wrong pic?

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    Default Re: Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?

    Imagining what the pic should be...

    If you buff with too much elbow grease you could dull the finish. Any smoke shop should have naptha. Alternatively, I have wiped isopropyl on nitro with no issues (it's commonly used for car detailing too) Just dont let it sit or pool on it. Either should dissolve the glue right away with a little *light* wiping.
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    My first thought was alcohol
    But I would test it on the back of the neck first
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    Default Re: Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?

    Mineral spirits (or "paint thinner" if you can still find it), 100 percent cotton rag (brand new or freshly laundered), light pressure, and take your time. After it is off, use a final step (i.e. ultra fine) car polish, if you created any swirls.
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    Hair dryer to melt the residue. Works on skateboards when removing grip tape, should work on a guitar
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    Goo Gone, WD-40, olive oil.

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    Goo Gone

    Excellent

    I had totally forgotten that

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenPerkins View Post
    Hair dryer to melt the residue. Works on skateboards when removing grip tape, should work on a guitar


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    Good god no.......you'll melt the finish right off the guitar.

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    Goo Gone for sure, I've used it on all types of guitars, however, always check on a spot on the back or something first!
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    Both goo gone and wd40 can smear and leave oily residue. It is best to use something that will evaporate, not something that can sit on the surface or worse, penetrate
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    I don't know how you're going to remove an entire hallway from your guitar

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    Quote Originally Posted by blakejcan View Post
    I don't know how you're going to remove an entire hallway from your guitar
    The Dasani machines are a nightmare to get out. Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenPerkins View Post
    Hair dryer to melt the residue. Works on skateboards when removing grip tape, should work on a guitar


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    This is horrible, stupid advice that should be fully deleted.
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    Goo Gone to loosen and rub off the residue. Then buff with a clean towel (or use a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol if the finish is poly) to remove the residue from the Goo Gone. Simple, quick and painless

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    Trumpet oil works really well with removing sticker/tape residue. Used to do it all the time when cleaning used guitars at a shop in the 90's. A soft polishing cloth with light movements after the trumpet oil soaks in to it will get it off easily. Then wipe off any excess and polish with another clean soft cloth.

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    Default Re: Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?

    wouldn't you just use naptha?

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    Default Re: Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?

    Y'all don't have naptha in Puerto Rico?

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    Default Re: Cleaning tape glue off of Gibson body?

    Ronson lighter fluid
    Is naphtha

    Yellow and blue can

    Made for old zippo lighters

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    This is horrible, stupid advice that should be fully deleted.
    Iíve seen it done successfully with a Gibson SG and LP. Iíve done it myself with stained decks from the 80ís with sticker residue. You warm up the residue until you can roll it up into a ball.


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