How can I get wall paint off my strat?

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  1. Dave Cowley

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    I have a Highway One Strat that got knocked off the wall hanger and fell down behind my amps yesterday (argh!). When I fished it out from between the amps and the wall, I saw it had gotten scuffed up pretty good, and picked up a bunch of wall paint. I don't like eggshell white on my green strat!

    Is there any way I can get this latex paint off the Highway One's "nitro lacquer" finish without totally wrecking it?
     
  2. Smakutus

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    Can't you get it off with your finger nails?

    Jeff
     
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    Have you tried rubbing with a soft towel dampened with water?

    If you need something stronger than water, I bought some deep cleaning Legend Quality Cleaner from Allparts.com. It is similar to Maguire's I think. Sort of a white liquid.
     
  4. Dave Cowley

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    It's kind of embedded, or at least very stuck on there. If it was a typical harder polyurethane finish, I'd expect that to work, but that guitar has a softer, thinner finish.
     
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    #0000 steel wool followed with Meguiar's #2.
     
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    ..thats the idea...or, I might even try some lemon oil with some 0000 steel wool. Start lightly and see if it starts to work....do not rub too hard
     
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    I would try Goof Off or GooGone. Take a clean rag and pour a small quantity of the stuff on a corner and dab away just at the stain till it softens up and comes off. This will probably leave the fender finish a bit cloudy. I would then polish with Meguiars.
     
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    Try just using a polish first. I'd try a few different things before I hit it with steel wool.
     
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    His guitar's got a VERY thin nitro finish. Goof Off or Goo Gone will take the finish right off along with the paint.
     
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    If a wet cloth won't do it try lighter fluid.
     
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    +1 but we mean naptha here, to be specific
     
  13. Dave Cowley

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    Thanks, all! :)

    I'll try the wet cloth first and see how it goes, then maybe try the naphtha. It's a thin satin finish, so I don't want to be too aggressive with polish, but maybe that #0000 steel wool would help. The worst of the damage is on the back of the guitar, so I can experiment back there.
     
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    Water or saliva, nothing stronger. Certainly not acetone, steel wool, or goofoff. Naptha as a very last resort, but test under the pickguard first.
     
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    Worst case use Methyl hydrate, it won't react with the oil and it will cut the latex off pretty much instantly.
     
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    I have used lighter fluid on nitro and poly with no negative consequences. I use "Scratch-out" by Kit for anything that requires an abrasive. It's VERY mild & will even take out swirls.

    Good Luck!
    Tony
     

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