I have committed an act of relicization on my Telecaster.
I have bought a 320-grit 3M SandBlaster sanding pad and sanded down the neck finish. It's a 1988 MIJ, with what seems like a whole centimeter of plastic between my hand and the neck. I'm liking it so much. So far, I've only done the neck, but I'm seriously considering taking the paper to the neck between the frets so I can begin working on the beautiful usage wear of, for example, Brownie from the back cover of Layla. That would be nice, but what I have right now? Much more satiny feel than the sticky plastic of before. Much better.
I don't expect to take this way further than that. I'm not going to soak my knobs in a caustic chemical and take a belt sander to my guitar.
At least what I'm telling you now.
But if I do, I blame Stratoblogster.