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allanr
02-28-2012, 10:09 AM
My Koaloha concert arrived from Switzerland today! It's a beauty, and sounds like a Koalohas should.

Just have to figure out what to do about the abomination stuck to the back of it...:mad:

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VinnyQH
02-28-2012, 10:13 AM
you should just leave it,,, gives it character

mds725
02-28-2012, 10:14 AM
Congratulations! It looks really nice (except for the sticker, which may be nice by itself but looks odd on the back of that ukulele). Please let us know how you end up removing the sticker.

grandpoobah
02-28-2012, 10:32 AM
I recommend sunlight. See if that warms up the glue enough. A blow drier can also help, just don't go overboard. I had a similar experience and a blow drier did the trick. I had to use some goo-gone to take off the remaining glue.

What kind of finish does the uke have? I would be concerned about goo-gone on a satin finish, but not on a thick gloss. And definitely test it on a spot that is inconspicuous.

Chris Tarman
02-28-2012, 10:54 AM
Congratulations! It looks really nice (except for the sticker, which may be nice by itself but looks odd on the back of that ukulele). Please let us know how you end up removing the sticker.

No. I can't see any way that the sticker is nice by itself even.

Olarte
02-28-2012, 11:11 AM
Definitely try googone after all it is made of lemon oil which is used to polish some ukes.

And then wipe it really good assoon as you get the sticker off.

Just out googone on top of the sticker and let it soak a bit. You need to work slowly and with patience.

SailingUke
02-28-2012, 11:20 AM
Definitely try googone after all it is made of lemon oil which is used to polish some ukes.

And then wipe it really good assoon as you get the sticker off.

Just out googone on top of the sticker and let it soak a bit. You need to work slowly and with patience.

If you have patience (like me) try a belt sander. It will not only remove the sticker, but will help the ukulele open up as well.
(I am joking)

coolkayaker1
02-28-2012, 11:37 AM
The sticker serves a purpose: it prevents "belt rash". I say leave it on until it becomes intolerable. Then, put your own, even larger sticker over it.

Drew Bear
02-28-2012, 11:48 AM
Congratulations on a beautiful uke and an incredible deal!

allanr
02-28-2012, 12:06 PM
If you have patience (like me) try a belt sander. It will not only remove the sticker, but will help the ukulele open up as well.
(I am joking)

I don't have a belt sander. Would a wood rasp do the trick?

Ronnie Aloha
02-28-2012, 12:08 PM
Googone works great. You can also try Windex. The KoAloha gloss finish is pretty durable so these items should work fine. Just wipe it off when you're done.

Chris Tarman
02-28-2012, 12:13 PM
Zippo or Ronson lighter fluid works well too. I use it to take price stickers off of all sorts of things, namely pipe stems. I've used it on wood, plastic, hard rubber, ceramic, etc. It smells funny, but evaporates quickly. Just don't burn it off!

lizziep
02-28-2012, 12:16 PM
Oh, she's a beauty! I love Koaloha fretboards. The sticker makes me laugh. At least it is on the back?

OldePhart
02-28-2012, 12:38 PM
Hmmm, somebody had great taste in ukes - lousy taste in stickers... LOL

Hey, at least it's on the back! I'd be tempted to get a big black sharpie marker and write "not my idea" on the sticker and then leave it. But I've occasionally been accused of having an oddball sense of humor...

Oh...and in reference to those other threads we've seen that ask, "should I put stickers on my uke" -- well, here you have the answer in all it's...uh...splendor. :)

John

Gillian
02-28-2012, 12:49 PM
Congrats again in a fantastic score.

I'd use my fingernail and lots of patience before resorting to any chemical solvent. I would be leery of any petroleum distillate that might cloud or dissolve the finish.

808boy
02-28-2012, 01:06 PM
Aloha,
Congrats on the uke and awesome deal. Goo gone worked for me on my Mahogany Mele Concert. Take your time, good luck.................................BO........... ...............

stevepetergal
02-28-2012, 02:29 PM
I have the same model. You may love this ukulele a long, long time. I use it in performance all the time.(lighter fluid will remove sticker residue as well as anything and will be safe for the finish.)

3nails4holes
02-28-2012, 02:31 PM
that's a wonderful uke!

but the sticker has to go or be covered up or something!!

allanr
02-28-2012, 03:22 PM
The "abomination" is gone!

Goo Gone helped a little, but the sticker was thick and "plasticky" so it didn't penetrate. However, I was able to peel it off in just two pieces once I got a lip started. Afterwards I used pure acetone nail polish remover which removed the glue residue. Acetone also works well on crazy glue by the way, and hasn't damaged the finish of the two newer ukes I have had to use it on.
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Olarte
02-28-2012, 03:50 PM
Well congratulations. Or only is it a great uke but I believe you got it at a great price right? Well good for you!

Enjoy!!!

tigersister
02-28-2012, 06:19 PM
Congrats! I hope you have many years of happy strumming on it.

Nickie
02-28-2012, 06:51 PM
I don't have a belt sander. Would a wood rasp do the trick?

If you believe that, why not try a planer?

Plainsong
02-29-2012, 01:46 AM
You could always try a hammer, if you're Jeremy Clarkson. :)

allanr
02-29-2012, 03:30 AM
Don't be silly. A hammer would break the ukulele! I'll try the planer.

Trinimon
02-29-2012, 03:47 AM
Congrats on the new uke Allan.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-29-2012, 05:28 AM
Congratulations on your (even more) beautiful (than when it arrived) uke! Enjoy!

mm stan
02-29-2012, 07:05 AM
Congratulation on the Koaloha....Love mine and they sound great...also playability and comfort are great...happy strummings..