How to age a pick guard???

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  1. EataPeach

    EataPeach Member

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    I just changed the pic guard on my Firebird to a brown-ish pearloid type pattern..Its sooo shiny etc..The guitar itself is naturally relic'd,how can a simply bring the guard approximately match? I was thinking steel wool,but that may be too harsh..? Some sort of acetone applied lightly,quickly??

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  2. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    I've heard of lots of ways (steel wool, coffee, tobacco, tea, sand paper, scotch brite pads, coke, nitro)...really I'm interested in how Fender does it exactly
     
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    I would recommend using a fine grade of steel wool, like 0000. It will dull the finish but it won't damage it. I don't think acetone is the best idea, its kind of unpredictable how it will react with a particular material, with plastic it might be to harsh.
     
  4. Guitar Heel

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    I've heard coffee more than anything...
     
  5. K-Line

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    On dark guards, the easiest way is to uses a rather rough rag of some sort, even a bit of gritty compound hand rubbed. Do not just do big circles though or you will get swirls. Randon actions. 3M makes that tan stuff that will dull out a black guard very easily.
     
  6. EataPeach

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    Thank you very much.
     
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    Tie it on the bumper of your car and drive down the road till you get the amount of relic you want.
     
  8. bluffalo

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    leave it on your guitar for 20 years.....

    in 20 years it will be aged:D
     

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