REmoving Sticker Marks from Inside Soundhole

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Andrew Lawrence
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REmoving Sticker Marks from Inside Soundhole

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Hello everyone,

This is my first post here as a new member.

I have an old Guild acoustic (rosewood back) which has had a piece of velcro attached to the unfinished wood on the inside of the back and subsequently removed. It has left a sizeable area of glue and gunge behind. I have tried using isopropyl to remove this, but it hasn't really helped.

Could anyone help with tips as to the best solvent to use please?

Thanks.

Joshua Levin-Epstein
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Re: REmoving Sticker Marks from Inside Soundhole

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Naptha or lighter fluid should remove the adhesive (and the adhesive is holding the grunge) without affecting the finish. If there is a paper label in the guitar, you may wish to mask it before using the naptha

Andrew Lawrence
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Re: REmoving Sticker Marks from Inside Soundhole

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Thanks for the tip. I wondered if naptha or lighter fluid would leave behind a residue or discolour the unfinished wood...?

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Re: REmoving Sticker Marks from Inside Soundhole

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If you can get to it easily I would try scraping as much off as you can with a single edge razor blade first.

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Barry Daniels
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Re: REmoving Sticker Marks from Inside Soundhole

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No, they don't leave residue or discolor the wood. Paint thinner or mineral spirits will also work.
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