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strumsilly
01-18-2013, 04:00 AM
I bought this off ebay, got a really good deal on this solid mahog tenor, but I hate the headstock sticker. the Chinese Lanikais have a nice gold script, this was made in INdonesia, and it has this blue and white sticker. I don't like it . it looks cheap, and the est of the uke looks awesome. nice wood grain and maple rosette and binding, front and back. tried gently going from the back with an exacto knife, but couldn't get behind it. I know I should leave it alone, but it bugs me, and I was thinking ogf getting one of those cool stickers of a turtle or gecko to replace it. ideas? heat?47705

vanflynn
01-18-2013, 04:15 AM
I would start with water to see if it is a water soluable glue. If that doesn't work move up to a citirus based solvant like Googone. The next step would be Goof-off but I would first do a test case on the back of the headstock to see if it effects the wood fininsh.

pootsie
01-18-2013, 04:21 AM
Goo Gone might be even better to start with than water, I think. It's made with orange oil, practically like a polish. It removes gooey junk without marking most woods. http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/070048/070048016509lg.jpg
And smells nice, too!

Ukuleleblues
01-18-2013, 04:27 AM
Goo Gone might be even better to start with than water, I think. It's made with orange oil, practically like a polish. It removes gooey junk without marking most woods. http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/070048/070048016509lg.jpg
And smells nice, too!I've used this to take off the stickey stuff left by a stick on pickups and the tape to hold the cable. I've used it on gloss, mat, and true oil and never had a problem other that if I got it on aqulia strings it made them squeek until it wore off.

pootsie
01-18-2013, 04:31 AM
I got it on aqulia strings it made them squeek until it wore off.

I noticed that, too. But it went away fairly quickly.

strumsilly
01-18-2013, 04:34 AM
thanks, I think I've got some around somewhere.

BlueLatitude
01-18-2013, 04:34 AM
+1 for GooGone. You don't even have to get all of the paper sticker off first.

Paul December
01-18-2013, 04:44 AM
You may need to work the GooGone lightly with a bit of fine steel wool.
So, has Lanikai moved production to Indonesia? I actually kind-of like the new decal; looks vintage.

Paul December
01-18-2013, 04:47 AM
You may need to work the GooGone lightly with a bit of fine steel wool.
So, has Lanikai moved production to Indonesia? I actually kind-of like the new decal; looks vintage.

I just enlarged your pic and it looks like just a shiny sticker. GooGone alone should do the trick.
...and yea, it is ugly.

bnolsen
01-18-2013, 04:48 AM
Heat gun? That'll remove the sticker at least. The goo underneath of course would be the biggest deal.

dnewton2
01-18-2013, 04:54 AM
Heat gun? That'll remove the sticker at least. The goo underneath of course would be the biggest deal.

Thats what I was thinking. I have used heat guns/hair dryers in the past to remove stickers from other things.

LifesShort
01-18-2013, 04:58 AM
If the decal is under the finish, none of those products will get it off. The only way to get it off in that case is to remove the finish and, in the process, remove the sticker. I did this on my KPK. I hated the way that sticker looked. I sanded the sticker off with 600 grit sandpaper. I removed the tuners first and lightly sanded the entire headstock. That's as far as I've gotten so far, but my next step is to rub in several coats of Tru-oil and ending with a coat of lemon oil. According to their website, that's the finish that Mya Moe's uses on their ukes. If it's good enough for them, it ought to be good enough for my cheap ukulele. As a matter of fact, I'm considering doing this to the entire instrument.

strumsilly
01-18-2013, 05:27 AM
this is just a raised sticker. def not under the finish. looks like a puffy sticker, it is thick and raised.

frets alot
01-18-2013, 05:37 AM
You should go to inlaystickers.com when you get it off. They have some really cool stickers for ukes.

TG&Y
01-18-2013, 05:47 AM
Goodluck with that. I've thought about an Oscar Schmidt OU2 to have a toss in the backseat concert but am put off by the 'Aloha' on the headstock. Different strokes.

I've been eyeing those inlay stickers too, frets alot. Ukeeku did a review of them recently here:

http://ukeeku.com/2013/01/16/inlay-stickers-full-review/

They look pretty cool.

ukeeku
01-18-2013, 05:59 AM
Next week when I am at Lanikais booth I am going to ask why they did that. It is so ugly!
Also thanks for the link share :)


Goodluck with that. I've thought about an Oscar Schmidt OU2 to have a toss in the backseat concert but am put off by the 'Aloha' on the headstock. Different strokes.

I've been eyeing those inlay stickers too, frets alot. Ukeeku did a review of them recently here:

http://ukeeku.com/2013/01/16/inlay-stickers-full-review/

They look pretty cool.

Paul December
01-18-2013, 06:05 AM
Next week when I am at Lanikais booth I am going to ask why they did that. It is so ugly!
Also thanks for the link share :)

They needed something big enough to cover-up the "Pono" inlay.

Pukulele Pete
01-18-2013, 06:37 AM
It's nice that Lanikai made it so easy to remove. I think thats a plus . I've had some inlay stickers on my uke for years and they are still in nice shape.

Sporin
01-18-2013, 06:38 AM
I need to do this to my Islander, the head stickers are just awful, poorly sized and ugly. Blech.

http://ukemafia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMG_0977.jpg

I feel like if I wait for a warm day I could pick them right off.

The Big Kahuna
01-18-2013, 06:50 AM
I used to use these halogen table lamps to remove the Microsoft "destructible" license stickers for PC's that were going for disposal. Turn the lamp on and leave it a short distance above the sticker until it's soft. They peel off easily.

47708

I accept no responsibility for house fires or scorched Ukuleles.

The Big Kahuna
01-18-2013, 06:53 AM
I need to do this to my Islander, the head stickers are just awful, poorly sized and ugly. Blech.

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002613081/11762945_bill_answer_2_xlarge.jpeg

Pleased to make your acquaintance, Bill. How's them furballs ?

The Big Kahuna
01-18-2013, 06:54 AM
Kala KA-C Convert

What have you converted it into ?

Sporin
01-18-2013, 07:04 AM
What have you converted it into ?

Thanks for catching my typo! LOL! Never noticed that. :)

Sporin
01-18-2013, 07:06 AM
http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002613081/11762945_bill_answer_2_xlarge.jpeg

Pleased to make your acquaintance, Bill. How's them furballs ?

You're on a roll today Kahuna. :) :) :)

chillywilly
01-18-2013, 07:46 AM
A coping saw????

strumsilly
01-19-2013, 03:49 AM
used47735 a hair dryer. now what , it isn't flat, looks like I'll have to fill it to get it level for a sticker. but perfect for a custom inlay?

Markr1
01-19-2013, 04:07 AM
I had one like that and I gave it away. The little plastic puffy sticker just fell off of the one I had and I could have gotten someone to inlay it for me but thought what for so I just reglued it back on.

strumsilly
01-19-2013, 04:21 AM
just ordered some cool stickers from Inlaysticker_JOCKOMO. will post finished product. I probably should have left it alone, but the puffy sticker bothered me.

Markr1
01-19-2013, 04:29 AM
I thought it was a little strange and very cheap looking to have a puffy plastic piece just glued on it also. I couldn't tell that's what it was when I bought it. When it came and I looked at it I thought what the heck is this squishy spongy thing that's supposed to be inlay. I never bought another Lanakai after that.

mm stan
01-19-2013, 04:34 AM
used47735 a hair dryer. now what , it isn't flat, looks like I'll have to fill it to get it level for a sticker. but perfect for a custom inlay?
Aloha Andy,
I'd sand it down and spray a black lacquer on and clear coat to make it look like an ebony veneer then add a sticker...no forget to take off the tuners..LOL

Paul December
01-19-2013, 04:41 AM
I'd cover it with some sort of tiki pendant:
http://mauitikitours.com/postcards.html
Just find one with a flat back. IMO it would look much better than any sticker.
I think some old Kamakas did this.
That are the dimensions of the spot?

strumsilly
01-19-2013, 04:50 AM
3/4 x 1 3/4 "

Paul December
01-19-2013, 04:59 AM
I'd cover it with some sort of tiki pendant:
http://mauitikitours.com/postcards.html
Just find one with a flat back. IMO it would look much better than any sticker.
I think some old Kamakas did this.
That are the dimensions of the spot?

Also search eBay for "wood" or "bone" (usually resin) "pendant" and you'll find many primitive designs that would look attractive on a uke. The difficulty in your case is finding the right shape.

Paul December
01-19-2013, 05:05 AM
Obviously the wrong shape for you, but looks cool.
47739

Paul December
01-19-2013, 05:07 AM
3/4 x 1 3/4 "

Your best bet might be a flower pendant.

Pukulele Pete
01-19-2013, 05:14 AM
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These have been on for years.

Paul December
01-19-2013, 05:17 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-Tibetan-Silver-Bronze-Tone-Round-Tortoise-Charms-Pendants-49x54mm-L178-/251111590861?_trksid=p2047675.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%2 6asc%3D163%26meid%3D4988099474843889755%26pid%3D10 0005%26prg%3D1088%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D230740027722%26

File-off the hoop?

gitarzan
01-19-2013, 05:28 AM
I too have one of those Lanikai' with that cheap, toylike, fugly badge, too. I cannot believe they put that scab on a $235 Ukulele.

47748

I was thinking of getting one of those inkjet decal kits and make, find, alter a a nice decal to replace it.

Maybe something like this, but not exactly...
47749

poppy
01-19-2013, 04:29 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HAWAIIAN-MAORI-CARVED-BONE-HONU-SEA-TURTLE-TRIBAL-NECKLACE-PENDANT-JEWELRY-NEW-/281048464800?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416fcb3da0

I have some similar to these, look around A shell or carved bone would look nice.

strumsilly
02-05-2013, 11:20 AM
here's what I ended up doing, with a sticker from jokomo
I'm still looking for a shell or pendent. My daughter's name is Rose
48490

OldePhart
02-05-2013, 12:12 PM
here's what I ended up doing, with a sticker from jokomo
I'm still looking for a shell or pendent. My daughter's name is Rose
48490

Wow, I'm not normally a "bling" guy but that looks really good. What is the sticker made of?

John

vanflynn
02-05-2013, 12:31 PM
Wow, super job. Much classier than that big blue oval. I like the sentiment too.
Does something like that need a sealer? (you gots me thinkin)

strumsilly
02-05-2013, 01:19 PM
nope, and supposedly no residue on removal. if you order directly off his website, free shipping. I got several, a turtle, gecko, and pineapple. the pineapple looks really nice on the headstock of My Pomo bari. I'll post some pics