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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Removing Nail Polish

Well, I am part-time guitar tech and I'm fixing up this old Ibanez 7 string of my buddy's(when I finish, I'm going to post a thread on the history of this guitar, it's ridiculous, but for now...). There's white nail polish on the Black finish that some A-Hole slapped on there trying to make it look like pin-stripping, it looks anything but. He wants it removed, but I don't want to damage the actual underlying finish. It's on the headstock as well, yes he tried to pinstripe the whole guitar!!! Has anyone removed nail polish before and did it have any affects on the finish and if not, what did you use? If anyone can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated...
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 06:01 PM
 
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

Acetone for removing nail polish... BUT... I've no idea if it'll play nice with the polyester clear on the finish. Can you try it inside the trem cavity or somewhere else hidden?
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

Acetone will probably mess up the finish, after all it is used to clean paint off things. You might have to carefully sand it with a fine sandpaper.
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

I was a fiberglass fabricator for years, yeah acetone is not an option. Fine sandpaper, ehh...That's too risky...Thanks for the ideas though...This thread is still open...Anyone else?
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not sure how it works on the clear finish but i just tried one of these to remove thick nail polish on a switch tip... polish dissolved real fast.
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

Anyone else?
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I might look into experimenting with this, does anyone disagree?

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Re: Removing Nail Polish

As advised above try applying inside the trem cavity and give it a couple of days just to be sure there's no lingering effects
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

i colored the vine neck on a 555 before with bright green nail varnish.i only coloured the leaves on the vine at frets 3-5-7-9 ect ect.i swapped the guitar for a amp few years later,but before i swapped it i removed the varnish with nail varnish remover.the green varnish was painted on at least 5 years before i swapped it,anyways the varnish remover worked a treat.you couldnt tell that id painted it with varnish.just ordinary nail varnish remover,you can buy this anywhere
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

It's a RG7421, there is no trem cavity...Maybe the neck cavity or the output jack cavity although that's really small, but I'll check it all out and give a test run and post my findings. Thank you to everyone who gave advice, and if there's anyone else who has any ideas, please don't hesitate to offer...
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

This sounds weird but try some WD-40. Let it soak a bit, then use your fingernail. The WD40 should penetrate the polish and losen it while leaving no oil residue. WD40 works to remove all kinds of adhesives, it may make the polish pliable enough to remove.

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Sounds like an interesting idea. I shall try that first...
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Mineral spirits perhaps?
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Hmmm, mineral spirits, that's an idea as well...I'm going to try some of these and whomever is right wins the prize!!
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Re: Removing Nail Polish

Nail polish remover is lacquer thinner, which will probably do nothing to the poly finish on the body, though I've never tried removing nail polish from a body either.
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