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Removing brand decal from headstock

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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:33 am

Hey peeps...

As you most - might - know, my bass it's not a huge brand or anything.

So I am in a modding mood, I want to buy a new pickguard and some new dot markers to make it more "mine"...

This is my bass now.

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So I want to make a custom brand decal, but I need to remove this one first.

I dont think it's under the finish, it's not polished so I think it's on the wood itself.

Can this be done with something or will I need to change my fretboard? (which I wouldnt like it, due to the prices and the service work would take enuff time to forget playing bass)


Thank you for ANY advice...
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Post  SuperMaximo93 Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:54 am

If there's no finish on the headstock then I'd expect you can just sand it off (to make sure the whole headstock is still even I would take off the tuners first)

EDIT: For some reason I thought you were talking about the headstock decal Razz


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Post  maxf13 Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:06 am

new dot inlays would be harder
they are actually set in to the fretboard so you would probably need a proffessional to do it for you
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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:31 pm

SuperMaximo93 wrote:If there's no finish on the headstock then I'd expect you can just sand it off (to make sure the whole headstock is still even I would take off the tuners first)

EDIT: For some reason I thought you were talking about the headstock decal Razz

Yes I am! About the brand thingie on headstock! Shouldnt I try nail polish remover if it's ink-on-wood?
What number of sand paper would you recomment?

maxf13 wrote:new dot inlays would be harder
they are actually set in to the fretboard so you would probably need a proffessional to do it for you

They are made of vinyl and they are inlays stickers, they dont get in the fretboard!
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Post  Pippynip Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:38 pm

That's weird, I always thought they were set in the fretboard. Hence 'inlays'. scratch

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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:39 pm

Pippynip wrote:That's weird, I always thought they were set in the fretboard. Hence 'inlays'. scratch

those are just vinyl... They say it will keep up for 4-5 years so I need to check it out Razz
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Post  maxf13 Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:50 pm

seeing as you have to take very little material of the headstock, id say start with maybe 200 grit and then polish up with 400 or something like that
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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:53 pm

maxf13 wrote:seeing as you have to take very little material of the headstock, id say start with maybe 200 grit and then polish up with 400 or something like that

great, thanks max!
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Post  Dropthelines585 Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:32 pm

Might be better to use one of these seeing as you only want to remove the brand name. This will do minimal damage to the finish underneath.

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Post  maxf13 Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:45 pm

true
if its finished
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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:55 pm

That reminds me of the scotch-brite sponges hard green area... Is it something like that?

It's not finished, at all (I mean polished or with any lacquer)
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Post  maxf13 Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:24 pm

then you should be fine with just using sand paper
just make sure you use the finest grit you can get to polish it up.
may also be worth to sand the whole headstock very slightly and then rub in some sort of oil.
not sure if you can use the same as for your fretboard but i would asume so.
any vegetable oil should be fine i think.
i rubbed some olive oil on my fretboard and it looks good
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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:30 pm

maxf13 wrote:then you should be fine with just using sand paper
just make sure you use the finest grit you can get to polish it up.
may also be worth to sand the whole headstock very slightly and then rub in some sort of oil.
not sure if you can use the same as for your fretboard but i would asume so.
any vegetable oil should be fine i think.
i rubbed some olive oil on my fretboard and it looks good

OK so I will. Olive oil is plenty in my house, well much more than any other wood oil.
My headstock/FBoard are maplewood so ya I think two drops of olive oil would do.

I will definately upload pictures when I am done with the whole process.

The only thing I will not change are my string, are just a bit wore out but they dont buzz and they sound so bassy and groovy!!
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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:18 pm

OK I wait for my custom decal to arrive so I couldn't help it and tried an old dry scotch brite sponge with it's hard side just a little bit on my headstock.

It is ink-on-wood, it's getting off with amazing ease!

Here's a photo of one only scratch:

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I will not remove all of it now, I will wait for my parts to arrive first!
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Post  maxf13 Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:44 pm

yeah just keep on using the sponge then
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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:00 pm

maxf13 wrote:yeah just keep on using the sponge then

yup i'll wait till my custom things arrive... :/

Don't know why. LOL
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