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Remove felt from plastic pallets?

knobby

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I'm planning to replace the felt/leather pallet facings and was wondering what is the best way to remove the old felt/leather facings which are glued onto the plastic pallets. On the bass end of this accordion the plastic pallets are glued onto the actuating rods with a rock-hard white glue, and the whole actuating mechanism is nailed into position so I'd rather not have to remove it. This means I will have to remove the old felt/leather while everything is still in situ.
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Unfortunately you will have to remove the pallets - remove the old facings with a razor knife - sand the pallet clean & attach new felt & leathers.
 

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Any idea how I can get them off without damage. The adhesive used is rock hard, and it is not possible to remove the mechanism that holds all the pallets.
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dear Knobby

i am afraid we have to assume the aluminum arms have a channel that fits through the
Plastic bit which then pulls level and gets glued on

permanently

meaning this was not designed to be removed, and if you do will certainly
require a complete new set of Plastics as they will all get broken

that the MECHANISM itself is not removable also gives you a clue
that the device was designed to be used, then discarded

i sincerely recommend you take full advantage of how pretty it is
and make a wall mounted display out of it, perhaps with some
internal LED lighting for fun

please consider, even if you persevered, would you learn anything useful ?
as the chance of anyone else ever wanting you to repair
their Delicia are very remote, and the things you learn from the Delicia
will mostly NOT be applicable to normal common Italian or West German
or French accordions

i would rather you choose a better candidate to learn on !

(sorry)

ciao

Ventura
 

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Knobby,
It is looking like this particular accordion was intended to be a consumable rather than a durable item: use up and ditch, not intended to be repaired.🤔
Still, you're welcome to prove us wrong!😄
 

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