So I've come to find out that this is an extremely common issue on some of these older ibbys.
Seems like the original cellophane plastic tape that comes on the pickgaurds and such don't age like wine.
More so like milk..
So to anyone else with a plastic coating still on your guitar, take it off!
Restoring this part wasn't exactly fun or easy.
And many readers might glaze over this and just say "oh just buy a new one"
But.. I want to keep this guitar original. And I'm left handed so I can't find one online.
I soaked it in soapy water and tried to peel it off.
So then I tried goo gone.
It kinda helped.. but not really.
So I ended up just sanding it off.
This kinda left me in a bit of a predicament cause now it was all scratched up.
The matching tremolo cavity plate is slightly textured as seen here.
It kind of reminded me of orange peel after spray painting something.
So I gave it a thin coat of black, and buffed it with a wax
End result isn't perfect, but I can love with it compared to how it started.