Removing marker/white-out marks from amp front panel

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  1. narad

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    Maaan, I don't know how I missed this but a year out after buying my used "mint" JP-2C I was moving it around, and wound up staring point blank at the control panel. Realized that for just about every knob, there is a markered up dot.

    Was curious if there's anything I could use to strip the marker and the white-out (presumably) dot underneath without taking off the panel letter?

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    Just in general I find it asinine that people do this stuff. You found the one good configuration of the amp? The one good sound, better mark it? It's a MIDI amp - save that shit to MIDI! Or take a photo of it with your phone. Or get some stickers. Or pen & paper. FFS.
     
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    Well... Bug spray like Off will definitely remove it. But I can't guarantee it won't also remove the screening from the panel itself.

    The white-out should just scrape off.

    More importantly... Have you tried the settings?
     
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    Try a little dish soap and water on a clean rag. It's hard to say what to use without knowing exactly what they did.

    Start small with gentle detergents, and work your way into stronger stuff. Try to avoid hitting the screening.
     
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    Ha, I guess I owe it that much?
     
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    Not sure if it would hurt the plastic on the panel but lacquer thinner or zippo on a rag would work? Definitely try it out on something else first lol.

    EDIT: scratch the rag, use a q-tip instead. Looks a "little" crammed in there with all the knobs and lettering on the panel.
     
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    Give Mesa a call or email, they should know best what is safe to use without stripping the paint off the chassis or the lettering off.
     
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    I recently used one of those Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on an amp panel to clean off some marks. Might be worth testing to see if that would be safe for whatever plating/coating is on that Mesa.
     
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    Deffo call Mesa. They're super helpful.

    Was this like part of someone's touring rig? I feel like marking the positions like that is a classic move for quick and reliable stage setups.
     
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    Dude buys an amp known for its versatility, then marks his one true correct setting. He could have saved a lot of money by just buying the one Mesa amp that had that voice...
     
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    Those Mr. clean magic erasers, or whatever the generic equivalent is will take it off in no time. When I worked at a used music/game/movie store I used that method to get marker and other gooz off of everything from CD's to game systems.
     
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    Just to be clear, everyone's talking about these big foam blocks and not like an actual touchup pen sort of thing?

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    Yes, that's what I used on a different amp. I assume it's safe on that faceplate but you probably should try to find a spot to test that is somewhere hidden when the chassis is in the cabinet.
     
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    Wait a minute, isn't this a JP2C? Surely it would be a good thing if it's Marker?
     
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    Or rather he buys a iic+ reissue, dials in a tone he likes, and marks it so he can reliably get that tone every time he plays out.

    I blame him for covering it up and selling it as mint, but not for marking it in the first place. I mean I wouldn't do it but I also wouldn't take the thing out of my basement.
     
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    Wd40, try carefully with a little bit on a sponge or something. Should be OK though, since it doesn't remove paint from door knobs etc .
     
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    Just thought it'd be funny to point out what my day-to-day is like now. Ask for forum advice, shop around for the closest recommended product available to me....

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    Cheapest, most likely to already been in one's home: rubbing alcohol takes off magic marker easily.
     
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    the japanese really love their cutesy mascots
     
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    Ah, thats right. Yer in Japan. I've built some Gunpla in my time, and was gonna suggest what might be a similar thing, and likely super easy for you to find.

    https://fudoushin.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/p1010361.jpg?w=1200

    I got one of these in a Gundam MArker set, but I've since used it to clean of sharpie and other marks on various amps and guitars. Works damn wll, and you can get pretty precise with the tip.... that said, I'd maybe tack some pieces of painters tape over the screen printed stuff regardless what you end up using anyway, just to be safe
     

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