My strat ageing

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  1. Texas_Blues

    Texas_Blues Member

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    I wanted to see if ageing parts in coffee would work so I did it to my pups and knobs.
    Here are before and after pics.
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    Does it make a huge difference?
     
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    I've aged plastic with coffee before but had better results with tea.I've also scuffed a pickguard witha real fine sandpaper first before soaking.
     
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    Im not gonna do the pickguard, Im buying either a parchment or mint green pick guard, here is a better picture.
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    Looks like the knobs aged a bit more than the covers, but definitely seems to have worked. Did they retain any of the coffee smell after cleaning? That's always worried me... I can't stand the smell of coffee, I'd hate to have it emanating from my guitar! :puh
     
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    How long did you leave soaking? I love coffee, but mine are soaking in tea right now, but they aren't taking it very quickly yet. My pup covers are naturally aged (from the later 70s), but the knobs, switch tip and trem tip could use some color. Especially the trem tip, which is stark white.
     
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    I've used tea and it takes less than 10 minutes. The trick I found is to make sure the tea is strong and hot (not boiling but more than just warm)
     
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    In the coffee I left it in there for 11 hours, would putting it in tea give it that mint green color?
    Also the pick-ups are a bit lighter shade than the knobs, so that it could have that aged look cause not every part ages the same shade.
    And no the coffee smell goes away, make sure before you put them in, put them under water and dry them.
    Im gonna get a mint green pickguard for my birthday and maybe a gold jack, how'd that look?
     
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    Hmmm. My stuff is still soaking. It's been about 3 hours now. Last time I looked, there wasn't any big difference yet. I put 4 tea bags into a small cereal bowl of hot water. Reheated it in the microwave once.

    Anyone ever try brown shoe polish or brown wood stain?
     
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    Only if the tea is green tea :) And yes, I'll obviously rinse and dry them, too. :BluesBros
     
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    Buddy of mine just did his parts and it took about as long as I said. Dunno if it makes a difference but I used a saucepan and boiled the **** out of the water. Maybe add a few more bags and see.

    Here's his git, did the fretboard tinting too:

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    Mint guard would look pretty cool I think, x-nay on the gold jack imho, it would look out of place.
     
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    Yea, the gold jack would look outa place. Im thinking of replacing the tuners, how much would that run me, and would American tuners fit on my strat?
     
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    A pal uses the shoe polish. I have not seen it yet but he said it looks good. He said it takes a couple of passes.
    You wipe it all off which leaves a light tint. Then add from there layers.
     
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    I heard shoe polish comes off when you sweat on it.
     
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    Mint Green goes good with aged, and so does andolized gold.
     

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