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Old 11-22-2019, 12:56 PM
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Iím considering removing the pickguard from a guitar which is finished with two-pack acid-catalysed lacquer.

Does anyone have any experience of removing a pickguard from this kind of finish? Are there any pitfalls, things to look out for, things not to do? Iíve removed guards from Martin nitro-finish guitars, but never two-pack A/C lacquer, and I donít want to mess things up!
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Old 11-22-2019, 12:58 PM
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I know nothing about the lacquer's etc. but unless the guitar is brand new, you almost certainly will have a visible "tan line" where the pickguard was located.
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Meant to say, Iíve removed several pickguards from guitars, and I know all about tan-lines! This is a brand new guitar, so tan-line shouldnít be a problem, but thanks for pointing out the possibility.
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I removed one from a brand new Taylor 317e back in June and it already had a tan line. I have decided to sell it so I ordered a replacement pick guard and put it back on it. So just know you can always cover it back up if there is one.
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They may have a recommendation on what can be used. I have only done guitars with nitro finish
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Not sure about your finish but I recently removed mine from my new Eastman E1SS-LTD and had no problems. I took a hairy dryer for a few minutes and peeled it off. Than I took a small amount of WD-40 on a rag to get any residue off. All you can do is try and if your finish is affected buy another pick guard to cover it. I would bet you have no issues though.
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Apologies for starting this thread in the wrong section!

Really, my only worry is about, for instance, the possibility of a reaction of the finish to naphtha, heat etc. Iíve removed a number of pickguards from nitro finishes using naphtha, heat, etc, but this will be my first experience with two-pack A/C lacquer.

Iím not sure that Iím going to go ahead, just trying to take soundings on the experiences of anyone whoís removed pickguards from this kind of finish. If I go ahead, the decision whether or not to replace the pickguard will be taken when I see how it looks without.
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I just replied with photos on the other thread

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=564442

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I just replied with photos on the other thread

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=564442

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Thanks Steve - was that guitar finished with the two-pack a/c lacquer Iím asking about, or is it nitro?

As Iíve said a couple of times, Iím well acquainted with removing and replacing pickguards on nitro-finished instruments, and Iíve used the heat, naphtha, and dental-floss methods in the past, but what Iím asking for is advice on removing a guard from a guitar finished with two-pack acid-catalysed lacquer - this is a finish that I have no previous experience of, and Iím just trying to find out if there are any pitfalls I need to be aware of.

Thanks anyway for your post and the photos.
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If its 2 Pack, then its pretty well impervious to everything, acetone, thinners, any cleaning compound will not damage it

Just make sure you know exactly what the finish is before utilising any cleaning product

I never go by the manufacturer, I always test, you have no idea what has happened to that guitar from when it left the factory, including being new on a shelf in a music store

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Naphtha is safe for any finish I have used it on. You may be able to rub off the glue and not use a solvent, but it can be hard on the fingertips. Remaining glue residue can be removed with a rubbing compound. I use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish.
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If its 2 Pack, then its pretty well impervious to everything, acetone, thinners, any cleaning compound will not damage it Just make sure you know exactly what the finish is before utilising any cleaning product
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Naphtha is safe for any finish I have used it on. You may be able to rub off the glue and not use a solvent, but it can be hard on the fingertips. Remaining glue residue can be removed with a rubbing compound. I use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish.
Thank you, Steve and John - much appreciated.
Iíve spoken to the builder already, so I know itís 2-pack. If I decide to go ahead, I think Iíll use my wifeís hairdryer (donít have one of my own - no hair to need drying!) 😱😂
Glad to hear that naphtha is a safe bet for cleanup once the guardís off.
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