Removing stuck-on pickguard plastic film

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  1. Mind Flayer

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    Bought a used strat. The previous owner hadn’t removed the plastic film from the pickguard, so it was really tough to get it off, it was kind of stuck to the pickguard. I managed to get most of it off just by pulling it, but there is still some on there that i can’t get off. Any ideas on any solutions i could put on there to loosen it up or remove it, like rubbing alcohol or something? I don’t want to damage the pickguard (which is red tort).
     
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    I'd try a hair dryer. Once your hair is dry, you'll feel more like peeling the plastic.
     
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    Heat is the enemy of adhesives.
     
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    You need to flay it
     
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    Heat if there is still film on there, peel, then GooGone one a microfiber towel to get the remaining adhesive.
     
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    Carefully.
    Heat is your best solution, often merely warming with a hairdryer will work. Too much heat however can warp or even melt the polymer...so yeah...Carefully.

    Be extremely cautious of using solvents like goo-gone or whatever...many of them react vigorously with a variety of polymers. Not knowing what ya got, either in the form of a pickguard or solvent sitting out in your garage...

    Yeah, be really careful with that.

    Napthalene is one of the more forgiving solvents used commonly, but it can still have consequences so...
    Be careful, go slow.
     
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    Finger Ease. That stuff even removes stickers.
     
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    No heat!!! it will soften the plastic, the adhesive, the pickguard, and make an irreparable mess.

    Naphta is your friend for this, home depot.
     
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    A hair dryer....about twenty inches away .. until warm to the touch.

    Works every time IME.

    Every. Single. Time. :D
     
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    You're funny!
     
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    I second Naptha.
     
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    Either the hair dryer or some of this.
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    Can be found at any O'Reilly or Advance Auto Parts store.
     
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    I had the same problem on a jazzmaster. I got the pickguard clean with isopropyl alcohol. The glue/dirt moved to the body, and I rubbed it a bit too much, which caused some traces on the body. I didn’t know about nitro at the time. Now I know…
     
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    Unfortunately I've had the experience of this and a hair dryer is not your guitars friend.
    Even a little heat can slightly warp the pickguard , ask me how I know? I ruined a beautiful 3 ply pickguard doing exactly this.

    Do it properly, take the pickguard off completely and slowly use a household detergent, even Sunlight liquid ( dish washer detergent) will work.
    It is a bit of a pain to take the guard off but it's worth the effort.
     
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    Sometimes the plastic leaves glue scars on the guard when left too long no matter what you try. A friend tried everything but the glue was somehow "etched" into the surface. I tried rubbing the "stains" with alcohol, naphtha, & soap, without any success. Hours of buffing finally got most of it out but still not all of it. I would have tossed it but we couldn't find another like it.
     
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    Sounds like operator error to me. :D

    Some other guy on here managed to warp/deform a P90 bobbin with a hair dryer.
    Because he was too close to it.

    Like everything, it's knowing how to use it.
     
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    This. A powerful safe solvent for pretty much everything. Will not harm nitro in the least.
     
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    Oh yes, I think you made me remember.
    It wasn't a hair dryer after all, it was that angle grinding thing.
    Played havoc with the pickguard.
    I won't be doing that again , also it hurts my scalp when I dry my hair.
    Must concentrate more.
     
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