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Therealfrogman
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Pulu si bagumba!
Apr 7th, 2018 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The rings for my new Greco LP are nicely aged and match the binding but one is cracked badly and the other has a piece missing. I have determined that Greco did nothing to shape to the top contour of the LP and simply tightened them down enough to bend them right where the cracks are.

I bought some cream ones that fit well but I would like them to be yellow like the binding. I have scuffed another set I have and soaked them in some oak colored stain and the material does not seem to absorb.

I can live with them the way they are but if you guys have any ideas I would appreciate it. I will post some pics to show how sweet this 30 year old guitar is around the edges, it is just something to behold. I could use clear lacquer and uv, I know it will yellow but I am not sure how they will hold up.

I will try that on my spare set but anything you guys think I would like to hear.

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Apr 7th, 2018 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had good luck coloring cream DiMarzio pickup coils by holding them over a smoldering Marlboro.



Seriously.



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Apr 7th, 2018 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some plastics accept stain and some don't.

Most polystyrenes take water-based stain or dye.

ABS does not, unless you use a solvent like acetone.

But that is risky because acetone, MEK, lacquer thinner, etc., can soften and dissolve plastics if left in contact even one second too long.

Try mixing very strong coffee (75%) with vinegar (25%), and warm it up in the microwave. Really warm...not boiling.

Soak one of the parts for five minutes. Remove the part and compare it to the unsoaked one to see if there's a color change. If so, soak the other part for five minutes, and then go from there.



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Apr 7th, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used strong hot coffee mixed with strong hot tea. Not hot enough to deform the pieces. Like Geno says, some plastics take it and some don't very well of at all.

Hey - it's worked on my teeth!

Therealfrogman
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Apr 7th, 2018 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a couple pieces to play with so I will see what happens with these methods and report back.

"Hey - it's worked on my teeth!" Yeah, me too#

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Apr 7th, 2018 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It also helps to wash the plastic parts before staining them. Use warm water, dish soap, and a sponge.

Rinse well and dry 'em off. Don't handle them with bare hands.

The reason is if there's any mold release or oil from your hands on the surface, it can act as a mask and prevent the stain/dye from getting to the plastic. This can result in a blotchy...result.

Therealfrogman
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Apr 9th, 2018 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have failed with the coffee and Vinegar, I also added a coffee pod and etc. I have an old pack of cigarettes outside...an ashtray under something that will catch lots of smoke hehe. That is the later on attempt.

I had a can of clear brush on lacquer lying around so I applied some and put it in the sun just for grins. I will post some pics if anything works.

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Apr 9th, 2018 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool, thanks for reporting back!



Te 52

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Apr 10th, 2018 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just scuff up the covers, clean them really well (and keep them free of any fingerprint oils) and hit them with a coat or two of amber spray lacquer.

Therealfrogman
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Apr 10th, 2018 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Te 52, I have some amber shellac from a recent neck job (which came out pretty nice) I may try that out.

So far the lacquer and sunshine treatment is doing nothing.

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Apr 11th, 2018 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've aged all my pup covers by so soaking in strong coffee...the amount of coffee used to make a pot in one large cup. I just leave them in there for a few days. Not hot, just warm enough to dissolve coffee grounds.
Pickguards...never worked. I had left a mint green strat guard on my patio for one summer to see what it would do. Turned it a very nice creme color which is what I prefer on my Strats.

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