I have a ton of pickups laying around at the shop, mostly black bobbins, and some zebras. I really wanted to put a pair of double creams on my CAR Standard, but didn't want to have to order a custom set. I didn't realize that DiMarzio has the rights to double creams/whites. I've read in several forums (that I don't contribute to) that painting pickups is a bad idea and doesn't work. So, like most of us would do, I did it anyway to see for myself. They turned out really well and I've had zero problems with durability so far. It was really easy to do; here's what I did. I took a pair of SD's, removed the pole pieces and roughed up the bobbins with 400 grit sandpaper. Taped it up so only the bobbin showed. I mixed lacquer to match some pickup rings and sprayed it very dry. I used an airbrush rather than the usual sprayer because I didn't need to cover a large surface. Gently build up the tinted coats and then do a couple rounds of clear. Let the lacquer harden up for a few days, then put the screws back in and scrap off the other pole pieces. Little bit of dust on this one, but oh well. They look pretty good compared to the DiMarzios on my Flying V. Now in the CAR LP... Not too shabby!