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Old 02-21-2012, 04:21 AM
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how to remove glue from a headstock

i have a tele with a replacement neck. the previous owner put a fender logo on the headstock:



is there a way to remove the glue and logo without harming the wood or finish?
thanks, christoph
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:08 PM
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Looks like no one wants to even touch this one...
I would use a stripper of some kind that is made specifically to not harm wood. In the good ol days a 50 cent piece of sand paper would do the trick for me.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:55 PM
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Doesn't look like glue to me - it looks like they shot a thick coat of clear on just the decal. Might have been trying to avoid spraying the bushings? You could try just wet sanding it to blend then buff it up to a shine.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:58 PM
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i have a tele with a replacement neck. the previous owner put a fender logo on the headstock:



is there a way to remove the glue and logo without harming the wood or finish?
thanks, christoph
Previous owner? Sure ok. You know how many times I've said, uh.... I mean heard that.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:21 PM
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Previous owner? Sure ok. You know how many times I've said, uh.... I mean heard that.
no i'm actually the other way round... i like to be "mysterious guy" with the blank headstock. like i'm so cool, i don't need a name on my guitar

yeah, stupid i know but what the h...

so the obviousness of the glued on decal really pisses me off...
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:24 PM
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so, you guys say theres no easy way, like using pure alcohol or something...
i guess i will leave it alone then...
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:23 PM
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I have never seen a decal that had glue on it, most of them I have seen are water slides that you cleared over.
If it is glued on I would think that the newer goof off stuff that is biodegradable and made from plant base would get it off.
Don't use the removers that have petroleum in them.
If that don't do it, then it is beneath the clearcoat.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:34 PM
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Looks like a massive run in the clear to me....
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:16 PM
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That's just a bad lacquer job.

I would personally sand it back, remove that logo, and respray it. It's just not kosher to have a Fender decal on something that's not a Fender neck. Really seriously not acceptable.

edit: Just to really reiterate how unacceptable that is regardless what you may think about Fender....rip that crap off.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:30 PM
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Agreed. Remove the bushing and machine heads as well as the string tree. Tape up the nut and first couple of frets. The use a 1200 or 600 grit wet sandpaper. I cant tell how think the glue is... so from where I'm sitting, I would start with 1200 and work slowly, evenly sand down the face of the headstock.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:32 AM
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I don't think it is glue. Its a blob of clearcoat. Could be nitro lacquer, acrylic lacquer, polyurethane or more unlikely- a catalyzed 2 or three part finish.
I think this is a job for a professional who can assess what the clearcoat and basecoat finishes are and whether a simple wipe of solvent will take off the decal or whether it will need to be scraped or sanded off. If scraping/sanding is needed, I think it very likely that the headstock face will need touch-up, or at least wet sanding and buffing on a wheel afterward.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:51 AM
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english is not my first language, so i don't know the exact term for this stuff...

i guess its not worth the effort but thanks for the advice guys!
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:24 AM
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Like everyone said, get some send paper and wet sand the head stock. It's not difficult to do. Search google for wet sanding guitar finish.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:32 PM
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Take the neck off.

At the butt end of the neck, wipe some lacquer thinner on any place covered by the body, to see if it reacts with the finish.

If it does NOT react, it's likely the neck is shot with a poly, in which case I'd have a go w/ the thinner, and if THAT doesn't work, use 400/600 wet-or-dry paper soaked first for a bit in water - you'll have to remove all the hardware first of course.

Did you try plain water yet? I ALWAYS, when it's not known what the finish in question actually is, try increasingly stronger solvents...

Water
Naptha (lighter fluid)
Alcohol
Paint thinner
Lacquer thinner

...all in an inconspicuous place, of course.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:01 PM
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Take the neck off.

At the butt end of the neck, wipe some lacquer thinner on any place covered by the body, to see if it reacts with the finish.

If it does NOT react, it's likely the neck is shot with a poly, in which case I'd have a go w/ the thinner, and if THAT doesn't work, use 400/600 wet-or-dry paper soaked first for a bit in water - you'll have to remove all the hardware first of course.

Did you try plain water yet? I ALWAYS, when it's not known what the finish in question actually is, try increasingly stronger solvents...

Water
Naptha (lighter fluid)
Alcohol
Paint thinner
Lacquer thinner

...all in an inconspicuous place, of course.

This.......except that the clearcoat over the decal may NOT be the same finish as the rest of the neck.... Try applying the solvents to the face of the peghead. At best, it'll remove the clearcoat and decal...at worst, it won't do anything at all. If solvents don't do the trick, sand it and clearcoat the bare wood.
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