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Q: How can I dress up my Guitar? A: The "Designer" Scratch Pads are very attractive accessories in themselves however, see the image to the right for additional ideas.
Q: How do I apply my Scratch Pad? A: For best results, Scratch Pad should be applied to a clean, dry surface, free of oils, polish and wax. Prior to applying Scratch Pad we recommend cleaning your instrument with a product free of wax, silicone, acids or abrasives.
Q: Why did the Scratch Pad seem to cling more aggressively to it's release liner (backing) the first time that I removed it from the release liner? A: The first time you remove your new Scratch Pad from it's release liner (backing), the action activates the properties of micro-suction cup technology. Once Scratch Pad is initially removed from the release liner, Scratch Pad will continue cling more gently but securely.
Q: How do I clean and care for my Scratch Pad? A: Through regular handling, Scratch Pad may attract body oils, guitar polish, dust and lint. When required, clean the "Gel" side of the pad with a clean, lint free cloth and rubbing alcohol. Then, allow the pad to air dry for thirty minutes before use.
NOTE: The surface of your instrument should be clean, dry and free of polish, wax or oils for best results.
NOTE: Store your Scratch Pad on the release liner (backing) that was supplied with your Scratch Pad. The release liner will keep your Scratch Pad free from dust and other contaminants.
Q: Is Scratch Pad compatible with my instrument's finish? A 1.) Acrylic: Because the vast majority (approx. 85%) of guitars are manufactured with acrylic finishes, Scratch Pad has been developed specifically to accommodate, and has been found to be compatible with all acrylic (polyurethane, polyester) finishes.
A 2.) Nitrocellulose: A small percentage of guitars are manufactured with a lacquer known as Nitrocellulose. Although not recommended for prolonged exposure, Scratch Pad has been tested and found to be compatible with MOST nitrocellulose formulas. Certain nitrocellulose formulas may require as much as a year or longer to fully cure. Because it would be impossible to test all nitrocellulose finishes, it is recommended that you consult with your instrument's manufacturer regarding THE STABILITY OF THEIR NITROCELLULOSE FINISHES.
NOTE: NITROCELLULOSE MANUFACTURERS ADVISE AGAINST PROLONGED EXPOSURE WITH ANY MATERIAL (guitar picks, guitar straps, guitar stands, etc.) WHICH WOULD RESTRICT AIR FLOW TO A NITROCELLULOSE FINISH. SCRATCH PAD, LLC EXTENDS THIS WARNING BY INSTRUCTING USERS TO NEVER STORE A NITROCELLULOSE FINISHED INSTRUMENT IN A STORAGE CASE WITH THE SCRATCH PAD APPLIED.
TRIVIA: Nitrocellulose is the primary component of gun-powder. Yes, bullets and even artillery shells are powered by Nitrocellulose.
NOTE: Your local Guitar Retailer can also be helpful in determining the type of finish (Polyurethane or Nitrocellulose) which has been applied to your instrument.
NOTE: When not in use, Scratch Pad should be stored on the release liner (backing) which was supplied with your Scratch Pad. The release liner will keep your Scratch Pad free from dust and other contaminants.
A 3.) French Polish,developed in the 16th Century, French Polish refers to a thin, hand rubbed application/s of Shellac. With the exception of a few custom guitar manufacturers and Luthiers, virtually all instrument manufacturers discontinued the application of French Polish by the 1920s. However, due to the delicate nature of French Polish, Scratch Pad is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FRENCH POLISH FINISHES.
Q: Is my satisfaction guaranteed? A: Yes, Unconditionally Guaranteed! If Scratch Pad doesn't perform to your full satisfaction just return it within 30 days with proof of purchase for a full refund of the purchase price.
Q: How does the pad cling with no adhesive? A: Scratch Pad's "Sof-Cling"TM technology involves a patented process for developing micro-pores (suction cups) in a custom manufactured copolymer (a gel like material). See the magnified image below.
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