Shielding Copper tape or Paint?

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  1. ASATlove

    ASATlove Member

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    OK,

    I have shielded about 10 guitars now. Four with paint and six with copper tape. Although it is a TOTAL P.I.T.A., I find that the tape works WAY better than the paint....... What say you?????
     
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    Have both. Tape has given me better overall results and it's way easier to fix a screw up on.
     
  3. snow and steel

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    tape. The paint is never truly perfect, IMHO.
     
  4. -CM-

    -CM- Something Clever Here Silver Supporting Member

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    I've used both. The paint from Stewmac is very conductive, and I found that it's very easy to use and covers cavities very well. But copper tape id the way to go for the backs of covers.
     
  5. Quarter

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    For shielding paint, I like MG Chemicals 841 Super Shield Nickel Conductive Coating. It is better than the carbon based stuff like Stewmac sells and being in a spray can is handy too.
    If the nozzle gets plugged up between uses, a quick soak in some acetone cleans it right up.
    Shake well, and give it a couple shakes between passes. It has a lot of metal in it and you want to keep it stirred up when using.
     
  6. ASATlove

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    Quarter; I might look for the 841 super shield in the future. All I have used is the Stewmac stuff. Not impressed with it..........
     
  7. EADGBE

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    The tape is reversible and non toxic.
     
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  8. LReese

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    I use conductive cloth tape. Easier on the fingers.
     
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  9. SPROING!

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    I like the copper tape because it's shiny.
     
  10. copperhead

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    I've shielded dozens of guitars with copper foil tape.applied it right over the shielding paint cause it was not doing the job .
     
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  11. ASATlove

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    Copperhead: Interesting thought............. Never thought of doing this for some reason( laziness?). Will do this on the paint shielded guitars I have done...
     
  12. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    this is the right answer!

    with one fast-drying coat the stuff is way more conductive than the messy, tedious, slow-drying graphite paint; i'll never use that crap again.

    with two coats it's as conductive as the laborious, time-consuming copper shielding; i'll never use that crap again either.

    ten minutes to thoroughly mask up the guitar for spray-painting the cavities, one minute to go outside and do the spraying, five minutes to dry enough to proceed to install pots and such.

    it's not even close.
     
  13. zeffbeff

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    I just ordered a roll of copper tape. Will post a review when done shielding.
     
  14. mrpinter

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    You guys who have better results with tape than with shielding paint: are you putting on more than one coat? Two is considered minimum; three is recommended.
     
  15. stratamania

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    That shielding spray for $30 odd dollars looked a good deal till I looked for it on Amazon UK, £96.90 that's about $140



    I need to find a similar product at a better price in the UK I think, if anyone knows of one please post it.
     
  16. broken_sound

    broken_sound Silver Supporting Member

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    I've always gone the tape route. Not only does it seem to work better, I think it looks great seconds before it gets covered up.
     

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