Cleaning fine finish of sticky rubber

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Forum topic by Waterlog posted 04-28-2018 02:19 PM 553 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2018 02:19 PM

I have a Warren Mae mountain dulcimer which is valuable however, I have a problem and need advice. I had a piece of rubber cabinet shelf liner in the case with the dulcimer and somehow the rubber stuck to the instrument. The pictures show the little dots left behind stuck to the wood. How can I remove the rubber so as not to leave a trace or marks on the finish? Not sure on the finish poly blend most likely, the wood is cherry.

Thanks in advance for any help.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#1 posted 04-28-2018 03:35 PM

My way of doing this would be two options -

1) Try alcohol to remove. But test the finish in a small out of the way place on the dulcimer to make sure it isn’t shellac which alcohol will dissolve. Most other finishes will tolerate alcohol.

2) scrape very carefully with a NEW single edge razor blade using as little of the blade as possible. Finish up by rubbing carefully with “four ought” (0000) steel wool, the finest available, then rub out with some very fine automotive rubbing compound to bring back the shine.

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#2 posted 04-28-2018 03:59 PM

I’d start with naphtha. It won’t damage any type of finish the way other solvents might.

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#3 posted 04-29-2018 01:34 AM

I’ve had good results using products like GooGone on furniture pieces. As recommended above, test in an obscure place.

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