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Old January 19th, 2011, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to get SCRATCHES out of a Pickguard?

I bought a used CV 50 a few months back. The pickguard is very scratched up. Any tips on web links on how to bring it back to looking new?

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Old January 19th, 2011, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Play it for a while, scratch it up, then buy a new one. Rinse repeat.

Personally, I like my pickguard scratches, fingerprints, etc. It means I'm playing the guitar.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't worry about it because a few months later they will be back. It adds mojo, I say leave it alone and let the mojo start.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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not sure on that one by the time you buy the polish and such you could get a new one from GFS
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Old January 20th, 2011, 12:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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depends on how deep they are, but I bought the guitar scratch remover kit, works really well on light scratches.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Across the pond it is called a scratchplate, It is supposed to be scratched if you play.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 01:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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PlastX, Flitz mini powerball and a drill. You'll have to pull everything out of the pickguard though.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Are they pick scratches or deep gouges?
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Old January 20th, 2011, 09:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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not deep gouges but a little more than normal scratches.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I use Maguires polish with a towel. A few minutes and your ready to go. Cheaper than a new guard.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 09:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old January 20th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old January 27th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If you really want to remove the scratches, it's possible to dry sand off part or if you have to even all of the clear coat and then use finer grits to wet sand with soapy water and then polish with scratch remover.

You can remove some really deep scratches this way, but it will lose that shiny finish and look kind of old and polished when done.

I've polished a few tort pickguards, it took less than an hour. One of them was left in a junk drawer and had really deep scratches, and still turned out pretty good. I have a hard time throwing stuff away I guess.
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If you really want to remove the scratches, it's possible to dry sand off part or if you have to even all of the clear coat and then use finer grits to wet sand with soapy water and then polish with scratch remover.
you can buy $12 pickguards....seems like one of those fixes thats more just to see if you can do it than anything

i dont even know how you guys scratch them. a year of practicing aggressive funk rhythm, and nothing. in fact, out of curiosity, i tried to scratch the pickguard on my bullet with plausible pick stroke pressure, and didnt even come close. maybe im just weak, but i dont know what you animals are doing to these things
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you can buy $12 pickguards....seems like one of those fixes thats more just to see if you can do it than anything

i dont even know how you guys scratch them. a year of practicing aggressive funk rhythm, and nothing. in fact, out of curiosity, i tried to scratch the pickguard on my bullet with plausible pick stroke pressure, and didnt even come close. maybe im just weak, but i dont know what you animals are doing to these things
Well lets see, I had one in a junk drawer with all kinds of parts and after a few years of getting shuffled around in there it got pretty scratched up.

Light pick marks and swirl marks from polishing don't bother me, but other things can happen over the years that leave deeper marks.
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You can also try Turtle Wax White Polishing Compound and scratch remover. It does have mild abrasives so use it with good judgment. I used this on on an Affinity I bought a few days ago that I thought was horribly pick scratched beyond description. Pleasantly surprised that 99% of the pick scratches are gone! Used it on the body (Torino Red) with equally good results.
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you can buy $12 pickguards....seems like one of those fixes thats more just to see if you can do it than anything

i dont even know how you guys scratch them. a year of practicing aggressive funk rhythm, and nothing. in fact, out of curiosity, i tried to scratch the pickguard on my bullet with plausible pick stroke pressure, and didnt even come close. maybe im just weak, but i dont know what you animals are doing to these things
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