Seriously, right now my fingertips burn from the carbon fiber splinter inside of them....
What happened was my guard got shredded, and was exposing some fibers...so I decided to pull it off and order a new one.
The following train wreck has been brought to you by the letters W, T, and F.
Well, an explanation of the events leading to this: The protector has a history of weak adhesives...so I used some VHB tape from work. VHB is 3M's heavy duty adhesive...but it never seemed to stick very hard on steel/plexiglas applications....at the least a stiwsting motion would break it loose.
Turns out what I didn't know was VHB has enough strength to handle over 50lbs per square inch of adhesive....this is greater than the tensile strength of the single layer of CF and the polymers used in the making of the lizard skin strip....you can guess what happen....it delaminated, then tore.
So now I had 4" of completely bare, exposed CF to remove....by hand...
The next grueling hour was me cussing under my breath as I find "safe spots" to lift up and try to pull...once again, the adhesive was hell to pull, requiring serious amounts of grip to pull....this grip force also caused errant fibers to get into my skin, like fiberglass.
I finally got it removed, and I am glad of it. I will be buying another Lizard Skins guard...but this time I will use a lighter strength adhesive.
Moral of this story: know thy adhesives, else thou wilt be in sticky situations.