How do I relic my pickguard and rings?

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  1. hedzeppelin

    hedzeppelin V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    I have a cream colored pickguard, and it's just too damned....bright and "new looking". Same with the pup rings.

    What's the fastest, cheapest way to relic them? I don't want to use nitrocellulose, or even order anything. I was thinking of going to walmart and getting some kind of polyurethane finish.

    What do you think?
     
  2. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Brown shoe polish works.
     
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    hedzeppelin V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Really? Somebody also told me coffee works.
     
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    The shoe polish doesn't rub off?
     
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    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    I'm not sure but I've heard of this and have seen great examples of it on the "other" forum.
     
  6. FLICKOFLASH

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    Buy a fingernail polishing stick from the dollar store ( it is actually different grades of micromesh) & file or buff the whole thing working from courses to finest ,
    then buy ritz clothing dyes . yellow & sunset orange & soak in each,
    Then buff with fine polisher grades to lighten in heavy areas ,
    then you can use shoe polish brown ( the hard can kind) & rub to darken if you desire
    Also rub it in dry dirt or a heavily used outdoor rug
    Can add the fake string wear under each string before the above steps with a small file:thumb:
     
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    Good advice Flick!:applause:
     
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    hedzeppelin V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Wow...thanks.
    So, I have to kind of ruff it up first with the fingernail polishing stick?
     
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    Yes roughing it with the stick is critical.:rofl:
     
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    Ok...that makes sense since it's so smooth
     
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    Point proved,case closed,Flick!
     
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    another way I believe will work well Is to use a box & double stick tape the part to upper lid & smoke it with incense or nicatine
    ,I use a incense bong bottle to age my tips from white to a dark amber. It puts a hard rezon which if too dark can be micromeshed back
     
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    [​IMG]
    before

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    after ( still needing a little buffing)
     
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    hedzeppelin V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Wow..it looks about 30 years old by doing that!
     
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    That's creative and interesting~
     
  16. Mr Bones

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    bigger pics?
     
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    Thanks Flick. I worked on relicing my PG a few weeks ago. The kiwi brown shoe polish worked great, problem was it fades out completely in one good sun sitting. I even tried putting it on thick and letting it sit for 20min. No go, it still faded out after a morning in the sun.
     
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    You've got me wanting to try one of those tips though, I just need to find some old cutlery.
     
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    at every flea market :naughty:
     

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