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PostPosted: Fri 15 May 2009 12:15 AM 
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About 25 years ago in a fit of youthful enthusiasm I put stickers all over my black Les Paul copy.

How the heck do you get those ****ing things off so I can look like an adult again?

Varsol?

Methyl hydrate?

Laquer thinner?

Acetone?

WD40?

Hot water and soap?
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PostPosted: Fri 15 May 2009 01:25 AM 
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Chemicaly pure gasoline,and in worst case scenario you need to ad a LITTLE heat from a heat gun.
I emphasize a LITTLE.

Be prepared that you´ll have shading from the stickers though.


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PostPosted: Sat 16 May 2009 03:18 PM 
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Love the way you've put it, Felix! :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Oct 2009 11:12 AM 
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Having just completed a sticker-ectomy on an '84 Vantage Avenger, I must recommend a little product called "Goo Gone". Not sure if it's available world wide. Google "Goo Gone" and you'll see it. Works amazing, safe on all surfaces and plastics. Had a bunch of stickers on poly and plastic and all the "goo" came off with a little light rubbing. Recommended.

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Oct 2009 01:57 PM 
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Good tip, Slylock; thanks! :up:

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Oct 2009 02:20 PM 
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Gasoline is never a good solvent to use and in the pressence of heat, even a little heat is asking for problems. The solvent component of gasoline is toluene and if you want to use that you may as well get it and not have the other ingredients. I still would not add heat. The goo gone sounds like a decent starting point or else I would go for acetone. Try it in an inconspicuous place, like inside the control cavity, first to check on how it effects the finish.

BTW Ithink Squid Head may take offence at the idea of stickers not being adult.


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PostPosted: Wed 28 Oct 2009 09:10 PM 
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RSBBass wrote:
BTW Ithink Squid Head may take offence at the idea of stickers not being adult.


*Ahem* Me too!!! Mr. Yuk rules!! :D

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Oct 2009 08:34 AM 
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Hi Felix...yeah, GooGone and similar products are the safer way to go and are generally available. But just as effective sometimes (and cheaper) is plain 'ole vegetable oil, or olive oil, which you likely have in the kitchen cupboard. Works slower but completely safe and won't harm the finish.

No matter what you use, it needs to be in contact with the adhesive though, so that means you may have some difficulty penetrating the surface of the sticker. If it's a paper sticker a light soaking first with a warm wet cloth may do the trick to shred the paper down to the adhesive. If it's a plasticized one it may still help to loosen it enough to peel off, or at least get it started.

I too would advise against any sort of flammables, especially gasoline, and stay away from heat guns, etc. If you're really up against it, maybe a hair dryer on lowest setting, but limit the exposure and mask off the adjacent area with aluminum foil...wood doesn't like to be dried out!

Depending on the residual mess and shadows, you may need to also use a rubbing compound over the entire body and finish her off with a good plolishing and buffing.

It's a bugger growing up eh? Good luck!

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