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Dec 5, 2019 - 4:41:42 PM
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TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

the main family go-to Mosquito spray (to spray on skin/clothes) in Australia is called 'Aerogaurd'

i used it this morning, sprayed onto a tissue, to gently dab and wipe-off the Remo logo on my weatherking frosted banjo head.

it worked in seconds :)

happy days!

im sure in Uh'Merrica you guys would have the same kinda thing!

i used to work in Council and we used aerosol mosquito spray to remove graffitti from signs :)

Dec 5, 2019 - 4:47:22 PM

TorbenV

Australia

10 posts since 12/5/2019

*literally no-one*

*Wikipedia*
"The active ingredient in Aerogard is N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET).[2] Recent low odour formulas use Picaridin (See Icaridin)"

Dec 5, 2019 - 4:48:31 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13108 posts since 9/27/2007

I think you have to watch it because it can take off the finish too.

Deet is the stuff for repelling mosquitos for sure! 

Dec 5, 2019 - 4:56:41 PM
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1014 posts since 11/17/2018

Acetone (with care), or simply mount the head with the logo under the tail piece.

Dec 5, 2019 - 5:19:22 PM
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rudy

USA

14808 posts since 3/27/2004

I've removed many logos using lacquer thinner.  Here's a copy / paste from my old website, but there have been several posts that related that solvents that used to work are no longer working for some.  It may be due to Remo switching to a thermosetting ink.  If that's the case then some of the newer heads might not respond well to solvents of any type.

The EASIEST thing to do is order heads from Bob Smakula.  He has Remo ship them to him without the logo.

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Logo Removal

From practical experience I’ve found that lacquer thinner removes a manufacturer’s logo thoroughly, leaving no trace behind when dry. I've removed dozens of logos this way with no adverse effects. It's best to liberally dab on with a cotton pad and use another slightly dampened cotton pad to remove it as soon as it dissolves. Any remaining traces of the logo ink can be cleaned off with a piece of freshly dampened paper towel. 

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Dec 5, 2019 - 5:35:28 PM
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2010 posts since 4/7/2010

With the exception of bottom frosted, clear, and cloudy Remo heads, I always see a ghost of the ink after I use thinner to remove the logo. Maybe consumers don't notice, but I do. I'm glad that I can still order logo free banjo heads. Saves one step with nasty chemicals in my banjo repairs.

Bob Smakula

Dec 5, 2019 - 7:34:29 PM

7477 posts since 1/7/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

With the exception of bottom frosted, clear, and cloudy Remo heads, I always see a ghost of the ink after I use thinner to remove the logo. Maybe consumers don't notice, but I do. I'm glad that I can still order logo free banjo heads. Saves one step with nasty chemicals in my banjo repairs.

Bob Smakula


My experience has been the same. These days I just hide the logo under the tailpiece, or give up and display it without apology on the heel side. I do prize the logo stamp on vintage skin heads. Especially the cow.

DD

Dec 5, 2019 - 9:51:50 PM

2784 posts since 5/29/2011

I mount a frosted Remo with the logo under the tailpiece. With an Elite amber head I mount it with the logo at the base of the neck.

Dec 6, 2019 - 5:48:09 AM
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DC5

USA

8549 posts since 6/30/2015

DEET dissolves many plastics. This is why you need to protect your eye glasses when spraying. I've ruined more than one wrist watch crystal and band due to DEET. It is also very good for cleaning fogged up and scratched headlight lenses, just make sure to rinse it off real well after you use it. The Ben's pads are excellent for this use as you won't accidentally get over-spray on the paint.

Dec 6, 2019 - 6:02:19 AM
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rudy

USA

14808 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Drabek
quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

With the exception of bottom frosted, clear, and cloudy Remo heads, I always see a ghost of the ink after I use thinner to remove the logo. Maybe consumers don't notice, but I do. I'm glad that I can still order logo free banjo heads. Saves one step with nasty chemicals in my banjo repairs.

Bob Smakula


My experience has been the same. These days I just hide the logo under the tailpiece, or give up and display it without apology on the heel side. I do prize the logo stamp on vintage skin heads. Especially the cow.

DD


I found there was a bit of a learning curve to logo removal to greatly minimize the "shadow" left behind.  That's why my procedure was to liberally apply and dab up with a second pad.  Most people who remove logos rub the logo with a moistened pad and that ends up with leaving the most shadow of the logo.  If you use a lot of solvent and don't initially rub it off then the logo dissolves and most of it floats into the lacquer thinner where it can be wicked away from the surface.  If it's simple rubbed off you get a prominent shadow.

That said, some folks are really proud of the head logo...

I do repeat my advice, though... just get 'em from Bob!

Edited by - rudy on 12/06/2019 06:04:33

Dec 6, 2019 - 6:40:23 AM

3667 posts since 5/12/2010

Someday, after Remo goes out of business, the logo will be just as desirable to collectors as the Cow logo Dan mentioned. cheeky

I actually like the look of the "Elite" amber logo and don't mind it showing, I place it under the strings at the heel. I usually put the Remo logo under the tailpiece, or remove it as Randy does.

Dec 7, 2019 - 5:17:44 PM
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12440 posts since 10/30/2008

I used Windex and elbow grease to gently and SLOWLY remove a Remo logo that someone else had positioned up by the fingerboard. I was too lazy to take it apart and reposition under the tailpiece.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 12/07/2019 17:18:00

Dec 9, 2019 - 10:45:38 AM
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10540 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by rudy

That said, some folks are really proud of the head logo...

I do repeat my advice, though... just get 'em from Bob!

 


Hmmmm...  Looking at the vintage ODE catalogs, you can get an occasional glimpse of the logo under the tailpiece so that must have been done by Peter Tork or whomever set up his banjo at the time. Later pictures don't show a head logo on that banjo—saw him playing it a few years ago.

 

Vega often mounted them at the 1 o'clock position as can be seen on one of Dave Guard's banjos. Looks like there's a logo under the tailpiece of the other,

Edited by - mikehalloran on 12/09/2019 10:47:01

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