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Old 01-17-2019, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Ok I want to change a pimp crystal in a Majestic kit. I have read Johnathans tutorial about crushing on a drill press but am hesitant to try this for fear of scratching the clip. So I will pose the question out there, for those that have used kits that have the crystals in the clips, have you changed to something different and if so what method did you use and were you successful?? Another method I heard of is soaking in acetone but again afraid of damaging the plating. I tried prying out with a knife but that glue they use is strong and no success. Thanks for the replys.
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Acetone will remove paint but should not effect platings. Someone posted this week soaking the Deco clip in acetone to remove the crystal.

Iíve crushed one using a steel punch and a used dental pick to remove the pieces. Used acetone to clean out the glue. Iím thinking I should have just soaked it to start with.


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I used Jonathan's method and it worked just fine. I replaced it with a piece of wood to match the body, HRB, if I recall.
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A Dremel tool with a diamond bit will get rid of them with the quickness.
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Not quite sure my hand is steady enough for dremel tool surgery or crushing these. I may just try acetone and see what happens. If I ruin a clip so be it. Thanks everyone.
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John, how about a heat gun to release the glue?
Can you get to the back of the stone? Maybe press it out with your drill press and the clip stone over a small hole in a piece of mdf or something?
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John, how about a heat gun to release the glue?
Can you get to the back of the stone? Maybe press it out with your drill press and the clip stone over a small hole in a piece of mdf or something?
Yes maybe will try heat first if I do not discolor plating.
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It's been a while but I did one in the past prying it off with the corner tip of a razor blade. Good luck!
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It's been a while but I did one in the past prying it off with the corner tip of a razor blade. Good luck!

I like the GOOD LUCK part at the end John I will first try the prying, then heat, then acetone. Then dynamite
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Newbie here! What’s a pimp crystal?
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