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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:07 pm 
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Hi Guys,

I was wondering how you guy about removing the masking tape where the bridge is located after spraying nitro. If I just pull the tape up, I feel that it will crack the finish. Also in the past working with Nitro, razor blades have caused tiny spider cracks. I was wondering you guys go about removing the tape?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:51 pm 
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Mike, you want to lightly score the finish with an exacto or razor knife right around the tape, then peel it off. If your bridge is going over the finish a bit, then if you go into the top slightly it won't be an issue, but try to just score the finish


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:04 pm 
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last time I scored with the exacto the nitro cracked and created spider web cracks in the nitro, even tho I was being slow and patient. I was wondering if there is a better way?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:00 pm 
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get a scalpel, the blades are way sharper than an exacto. Also always use a brand new blade.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:08 pm 
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mike288 wrote:
last time I scored with the exacto the nitro cracked and created spider web cracks in the nitro, even tho I was being slow and patient. I was wondering if there is a better way?


I would have to ask whose NC you were using. Have never heard of that happening.
I vaguely remember though that Gibson at one time used a hair dryer to slightly warm (soften) the NC before pulling off tape.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:41 pm 
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jbjewitt wrote:
mike288 wrote:
last time I scored with the exacto the nitro cracked and created spider web cracks in the nitro, even tho I was being slow and patient. I was wondering if there is a better way?


I would have to ask whose NC you were using. Have never heard of that happening.
I vaguely remember though that Gibson at one time used a hair dryer to slightly warm (soften) the NC before pulling off tape.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:57 am 
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I don't use taps I removed the lacquer by routing out the area
I use my inlay tool but a dremel will do nicely
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJG5Frbu78c

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:33 am 
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I have tried all ways, taping off, removing the finish with stripper and have settled on the router removal - following Johns on-line video. I use a Dremel with the Stew-Mac router base.
What I don't like about the tape method is that I don't feel like I'm levelling the finish around the tape properly when sanding back and then buffing out.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:43 am 
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Ditto on the routing method. I saw this done at the Martin factory and then used John's video for the how-to.


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