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White Binding Stain from Strap
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Author:  Brytam [ Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:00 pm ]
Post subject:  White Binding Stain from Strap

I have a 2005 Ric 620 in Fireglo & the white binding at the strap button on the top horn has a black smudge stain from a deteriorating strap that I cannot get off the binding. There is also a small dark smudge stain at the strap button on the wood finish. The strap had a black cushioned backing that started deteriorating - some of the black material is flaking off, so I have just replaced it with a plain leather strap. This strap had been used on this guitar for years but I never noticed the stain until last Saturday at a gig where I noticed black smudge all over my shirt where the strap sits. (I always keep the guitar with the strap attached to it in it's case when not used.)

I would appreciate some suggestions to try to remove the stain/smudge. I have used a vinegar cleaner, Goof Off & lemon oil with no results.

Hopefully someone has the answer!


Author:  Brytam [ Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: White Binding Stain from Strap

Well, I tried some naphtha, as I read it has been used in cleaning guitars for a long time but no luck.
My wife suggested using Mr. Clean eraser pads & with some elbow grease (& masking tape to protect the finish), it worked!!
I destroyed the cleaning pad but that's what they do.
Sometimes its the simple things...there is still a hint of stain but I can live with that!

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