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Chiste de Gales

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How to remove a Golpeador 

I posted a question recently about this and no one responded, so I decided to figure it out on my own, and it worked! I know some people think this procedure is a nightmare, but if you take your time its actually pretty easy.

DISCLAIMER- your golpeador's adhesive and your guitar's finish may be different from mine, so I can't guarantee equal success for you.

To start with, my guitar is 15 years old and I put the golpeadors on when it was new. The guitar has a french polish finish.

Ok- here we go-

Supplies you'll need:
Goo Gone (citrus based cleaner)
Very small paintbrush
Paper towels
Box cutter blade or razor blade
Masking Tape

Dont rush this job, plan on possibly taking 30 minutes for the whole thing. If you rush, you may pull wood grain out.

Tape off a border around the edge of the golpeador so you wont damage it with the razor.
Put some Goo Gone in its bottle cap and dab the paint brush in it.
Apply Goo Gone to the corner of the golpeador. Carefully and slowly work the blade under it.

I put an extra piece of tape under the revealed area, but I dont think this is necessary. The Goo Gone
makes the adhesive completely release the plastic of the golpeador, so it wont be able to reattach itself.



Once there is enough plastic loose to hold onto, you dont need the blade anymore.



Take your time. Pull gently and constantly on the golpeador, and constantly brush Goo Gone
on the newly exposed area so the adhesive will loosen as you go.



The Goo Gone softens the adhesive, which will release the plastic, but will remain on the surface
of the guitar. This softened adhesive is very much like rubber cement at this stage. With your fingertips,
simply rub the residue into large bits and pick them off of the guitar.



When you've rubbed most of the adhesive off the guitar, you'll still be left with some sticky residue.
With a little bit of goo gone and paper towel, wipe it off the surface and dry it.



Viola! Golpeador is removed.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2010 7:12:15
 
at_leo_87

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

nice job! i suspect the reason you didn't get any replies is because it's been covered a few times already in the luthiery section.

are you going to put new ones on?

that's a very interesting rosette. btw.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2010 8:42:55
 
Ricardo

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

I would have linked to this, but have been away from the computer lately.

http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=78861&appid=&p=&mpage=1&key=golpeador&tmode=&smode=&s=#78862

Glad it worked out for you.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2010 8:52:18
 
Chiste de Gales

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

Im putting a new one on. Actually I need to remove the lower one too.
I tap all over the place and need bigger golpeadors.

I did read that other thread before, but it didnt give me much confidence.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 23 2010 8:53:58
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

So what is Goo gone and where can I buy it.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2010 0:58:52
 
Pimientito

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Ditto! Is that a product you get in the States?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2010 6:05:27
 
estebanana

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

Goo Gone is a citrus based solvent sold in paint supply stores. It was made for removing latex paint from surfaces if painter gets sloppy and drips. Maybe in Europe there is a version under another name.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2010 10:18:31
 
Graham_B

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

I see that Goo Gone is available in the UK:
http://www.buybrandtools.com/acatalog/Magic-Cleaners-Goo-Gone.html?gclid=CMyNqtrni6ACFUIA4wod1wi6eA
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2010 11:28:59
 
Chiste de Gales

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Graham_B

Thats it. Its really good at removing any kind of stickers, or their residue.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 24 2010 19:41:42
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

Pimientito

I think it´ll be a better idea to order in the US or in the UK. I hardly buy anything special here in Spain anymore. Either they dont have what I need, they dont care about what I need or I´ll have to wait close to forever.

Thanks for the link Graham

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 25 2010 0:28:51
 
constructordeguitarras

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

Chiste-
Thank you for posting this excellent report. I have installed hundreds of golpeadors but very rarely have had to remove any. Your method was very helpful to me this week when I had to remove one that I seemed to have put on too soon after french polishing. It appeared cloudy from some directions, apparently because it had lifted a thin layer of finish. What an incredible amount of patience removal takes! But at least the soundboard is undamaged.

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tele

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

What would be a goo gone equivalent in spain? What is the active ingredient in it?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 10 2013 17:52:55
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

That aint a rosette... its a dotette :v
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 10 2013 18:42:58
 
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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to estebanana

Some of them are basically Naptha (i.e. lighter fluid), which works pretty well
for sticker type adhesive. I use Naptha a lot for just getting tape residue off
stuff, not sure what if any guitar finishes it hurts. Guess proceed cautiously
would be wise with anything.

Regards,
Jeff

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Goo Gone is a citrus based solvent sold in paint supply stores. It was made for removing latex paint from surfaces if painter gets sloppy and drips. Maybe in Europe there is a version under another name.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 11 2013 2:07:07
 
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RE: How to remove a Golpeador (in reply to Chiste de Gales

For us southern hemisphere dwellers, here is our goo gone equivalent. I have used this to remove golpeadors on all my guitars without incident.

http://www.orangepower.com.au/sticky-spot-goo-dissolver/



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