Stripping Gold paint off LP Custom pickups

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by beedoola, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. beedoola

    beedoola Senior Member

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    I have a 79' LP custom and the gold paint on the pickups is pretty faded/fading. Its also accumulating that green stuff, oxidization, or whatever.

    What product can I use to safely remove the paint from the pickup covers. I might to the tail piece as well since most of the paint has faded.
     
  2. DRS

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    It's not paint, it's gold plating.
     
  3. DGTCrazy

    DGTCrazy Moderator de Emporio Staff Member

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    NO, NO, NO...! Anytime you REMOVE the natural finish, plating, covering.....you decrease the value of the instrument. If it bugs you that much, have a qualified tech replace the covers with either new Gold Covers, or Chrome ( depending on what you like), and obviously keep the originals.
     
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    Yah, it's called "money."

    Are you sure you want to scrape it off? :stir
     
  5. beedoola

    beedoola Senior Member

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    Heh, well the gold playing is coming off and the lp is beat to **** so I don't think taking the remaining gold off will decrease the value that much...

    What's the best thing to clean the green stuff off with?
     
  6. esoteric pete

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    get a buffing wheel for a dremel and some MAAS metal polish. go at it. i took the gold off some old grovers this way and it worked like a charm.
     
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    If you know anybody that works for a car dealerships, some dealerships use to have kits they used to replate car emblems.
    A friend of mine subcontracted to one doing this among other things.
    Somebody at your local body shop might do it for you for a fair price.
     

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