Need help on removing autograph from guitar

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  1. Rebel-Guitars

    Rebel-Guitars Antique Silver Member

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    I have a guitar that I just got and its been signed in gold since '94. I can't seem to get anything to remove it, almost like its now part of the finish. Any ideas?
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  2. Kappy

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    Who signed it?
     
  3. Rebel-Guitars

    Rebel-Guitars Antique Silver Member

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    Elvis, Hendrix, and someone else. Looks like Jim or James Morrison.



    Just kidding. Its one of Ty Tabors (King's X) personal guitars signed to someone and that's the part I wanted to remove.
     
  4. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    I would think a Dremel with a buffing wheel & some polishing compound, carefully applied, should do it...
     
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    Be very careful.
     
  6. paintguy

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    Acetone or lacquer thinner should remove it. Warning, if the finish is nitro, it will remove that as well. If it is urethane or poly, there would be no damage to the existing paint.

    Maybe the signature is under the clear?
     
  7. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    my note assumed not but good point, I have overcoated a sig on one guitar and there's no way it's gonna buff out, LOL....

    very careful is, indeed, the way to go here.

    jc
     
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    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah Jon,

    your way is mucher safer!!! Heck, you could possibly even buff it out by hand.:D
     
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    i used auto compound and it worked fine. I did it in small swirls by hand. Stew Mac has some polishing compound that will work.
     
  10. Jon C

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    ...or Meguiar's Fine Cut if you have it around for your cars... maybe even Meguiar's #7 or #9 (I always forget which is finer).
     
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    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    #7 is glaze and #9 is swirl remover. I would think you need something a little more agressive like a fine or medium compound.
     
  12. gbdweller

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    If the finish is nitro you'll never get it completely out. The solvents in the pen will have eaten down into the nitro.
     
  13. Rebel-Guitars

    Rebel-Guitars Antique Silver Member

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    Thanks guys, I'm going to work on it later. I'll let you know what happens!:AOK
     
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    I've found flux remover will take off sharpie pens and laundry markers completely. But whether it will kill the finish is the question.
     
  15. SLG

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    The permanent Sharpie type pens are alcohol based. You will be able to remove MOST of the signature with DENATURED alcohol available at at hardware store or Home Despot. Lacquer thinner does not work as well, and may damaged the finish.

    As stated in a previous post. The ink tends to work it's way into the finish, even if the finish isn't nitro. I would recommend getting as much of the signature off using the denatured alcohol first. Then use Meguiar's #9 polishing compound to remove any residual.
     
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    dude, nice jake e. lee guitar, what did that cost and when did you get it? Do you know how many they made? Any info on the deal with them would be great.
    Thanks
     

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