Painting Stainless Steel Saddles Black?

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  1. UMT

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    I saw a set of stainless steel saddles that I like and I emailed the vendor to see if they were available in black. He replied that since stainless steel cannot be electroplated, that black wasn't available.

    What about I lightly sand them, scuff them up and paint them? Any suggestions on how to do this, type of paint, etc.?

    Help a brother out! Ha.

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    "No" don't do it ,it doesn't stay on .
     
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    I sent a email to Fender regarding the material used for the bridge and saddles on my Tele HH and a reply tells me it is NOT 'pot metal' but a ZINC ALLOY...

    I'm looking at anything that will make this guitar even better than what it is and one of the things I like about it is the amount of sustain. Am I splitting hairs thinking that going to a stainless steel saddle set is going to be a noticeable improvement? Any metal experts out there.

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    Zinc alloy is pot metal and yes steel would be a big improvement.
     
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    See, shows ya what I know about metal!

    Ok, Eagle. If I'm going to replace the saddles, should I replace the bridge plate itself at the same time? I'm going to assume that if the saddles are made of Pot Metal/Zinc Alloy that the bridge plate is too?

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    Post a pic and I'll tell you ,I think it will be steel though.
     
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    How about powder coating them black?
     
  8. UMT

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    Ahhh, no can do. I'm not much for photography and don't have an online picture storage thing set up...

    SO....... Would it make much of a difference if the bridge plate was pot metal or steel?

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    Yes pot metal sound like SH%$.
    Find a pic on the web of your bridge and link it.
     
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    Eagle,

    It's a Special Edition Tele HH... Made in Korea. It's been a very special axe for me and is very well crafted and put together. The weakest part of the whole guitar was the electronics, which I immediately redid. Swapped out the Seymour Duncans for a Rio Texas BBQ Set and made some other mods. Here's a link from Fender. Mine is Crimson Red but has the same 'black chrome' hardware. Funny, I was looking at different bridges yesterday and the one that is on there is a spitting image of a Gotoh non-tremelo string thru bridge. Same with the tuners.

    http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0262000520

    At this point, I think I'm just going to swap it out but would appreciate your opinion. How can you tell by looking at a picture what kind of metal it is?

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    Hey, Thanks, Eagle! Appreciate your interest and your help.

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