Burstbucker's new covers swap - Help required

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  1. PierM

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    Hi guys, this is gonna sound like a silly question, but I'm anal with these things, so I would like to find a solution to preserve the BB white stickers you have on the bottom plates, while changing covers. I just bought a set of beautiful gold plated vintage shape covers (the same sourced by the Historic Makeover), and I'd like to make a clean job, preserving the original BBs base plates.

    Usually, when you put the tip of the soldering iron on the old solders, the excessive heat will burn the stickers, making them black...which I find extremely annoying (sorry).

    Do you guys have some tip to avoid that?

    Just to be clear, I'm talking about these white stickers;

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    Thanks in advance. :)
     
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    To remove the covers, you don't even need to solder. The solder is soft material, you can cut through with a box cutter blade or something like that. Tap the knife with a hammer if needed.

    Putting on the new covers, you could just solder right or left side of the sticker
     
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    I like the first part, sounds a smart move. The second part doesn’t work for me. A cover needs to not move/flex, so really wants a double soldering.

    But for the unsoldering, I could really try your suggestion, even if those solder joints are massive.

    TY!
     
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    Looks like a thin saw blade works as well. (1:45)

    For the soldering, what I meant is that you can set one solder point left or right of the sticker and the other one above (non-sticker side), diagonally opposite. A little hard to explain in english :(
     
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    Bring the guitar to my Luthier to do the job. Didnt want to roll the dice. He managed to detach the sticker with zen patience, swapped cover and put the sticker back. One is done (here waiting for the new wax to solidify);

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    In mt experience the stickers peel off very easily.
     
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    These werent easy at all, probably because 10 years old.
     
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    ahhh gotcha. maybe heat would have helped?
     
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    Both ready now! They looks just perfect.

    Now also sanding the new M69 tall rings from Wizz, to match the curved top;

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