Scotch-Brite green pads to age shiny hardware...

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  1. shooto

    shooto Supporting Member

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    specifically pickup covers-

    anyone use these?...should be safe for pickup covers since there isn't any metal bits coming off like steel wool, right?

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    I would think the green Scotch Brite b[ads would be too coarse to produce a realistic patina. Very fine steel wool would be fine, you just have to take the covers off the pups before you work.
     
  3. shooto

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    not really into authenticity, I just have new shiny pickups (covers) going into a used guitar and it looks funny....just want to dull a bit
     
  4. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    Just play it - they'll dull up soon enough. Leave it out - let them tarnish. Play it, love it, sweat on it. Let the guitar earn its marks.
     
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  5. Mrmarshallhead

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    If they're chrome, they'll be ruined by abrasives, chrome doesn't age like nickel.

    Nickel might dull down with some light abrasive, but go too far and you'll rub it through to the base metal.

    Best by far for nickel is just to sweat all over it and not wipe it down!
     
  6. guitarrhinoceros

    guitarrhinoceros Senior Member

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    +1.
     
  7. Polynitro

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    I would use 0000 synthtetic steel wool. scotch brite is kinda rough.
     
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    they're gold...I agree about playing and that'll be done, no worries about that...just want to take the bling out of them, visually

    the pad material is safe to the pickup, no?
     
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    I would definetely remove the cover to do it.
     
  10. Polynitro

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    aslo scotch brite have soap in them...I would just use synthetic steel wool, 0000 or 000. its like $3 at Home Depot.
     
  11. Gevalt

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    :huh No....


    I used a newer green scrubber to buff my covers and knobs. It took the shine off real well, but it was too coarse. I had to re-touch a few times. Use an older scrubber for a slower change.

    Worked great! Taking the shine off not only looks much better than before, they really soak up tea & coffee for darkening. I buffed mine before and after the soak. YMMV.
     

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