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Thread #59758   Message #954278
Posted By: mooman
17-May-03 - 05:46 AM
Thread Name: Assist on Pickguard removal
Subject: RE: Assist on Pickguard removal
I have removed and replaced innumerable pickguards as a full-time repairman in an earlier life and the technique I always use is to use a thin and fairly flexible kitchen or palette life (which can be warmed a little but not too hot or it will damage the finish). This can be inserted carefully under the loose edge and, with gentle movements, used to gradually work the guard loose. Take your time and use gentle movements to avoid any large wood splinters being removed from the top. If this happens, it may be possible to carefully glue them back in before replacement.

Before placing the replacement, work over the area gently with some very fine abrasive paper (180+) to provide a "key" and remove any previous glue residues, again taking care to remain within the boundaries of the pickguard and not touching the surrounding finish.

If the pickguard is not already supplied with an adhesive side, always use animal glue. Never use cyanacrylate or similar in case you ever need to replace the guard again. Usually gentle pressure applied evenly across the whole of the new pickguard is sufficient for a secure placement.

I hope this helps a little.

Good luck and best regards,

moo