Pickguard plastic molecules breakdown into sticky goo - with solution.

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MikeSMikeS Frets: 490
Today, some odd kind of chemical wizardry took place, which still has me baffled as to how it is possible, so thought I'd share it in case it helps someone else.

I recently bought, and received today a 2012 American Telecaster, which had been stuck under a bed in its case since new. The original owner never even took it out the case. Whilst I was changing the strings, I peeled the plastic film off the Pickguard, only to find that the pickguard had some strange reaction and initially turned tacky and sticky.

The more I tried to wipe it the worse it got. Ran it under a tap with some soap, and the thing just turned into a sticky gooey mess. Just touching it left sunken finger prints in the plastic, It was fit for nothing but the bin.

Made up my mind just to buy a replacement, but before I did, I thought I'd google it, and got a hit or two for lighter fluid or WD40.

Well, I tried WD40, sprayed on, rubbed all over, and I've never seen anything like it. Pickguard looks brand spanking new. I mean brand new, no marks, no signs of any issues whatsoever. It's so pristine that the whole thing has left me just baffled.

Chemical wizardry that I don't claim to understand, but saying the WD40 worked is an understatement.

Hope this helps someone.

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