|jaxstarke ||09-10-2013 08:16 AM |
Gold Hardware Faded/Rubbed Off
About to buy a used Yamaha RBX765A and the gold hardware is in pretty rough shape. That's the very reason I've never liked gold hardware but it is what it is. Is there anything I can do short of replacing everything such as painting it all black and calling it a day? (which is kind of what I want to do) If the parts can be painted what steps would I have to take in order for the paint to stay and what type of paint? I'm only $150 into this thing so spending more to fix it up than what it cost me to purchase it isn't going to happen. Thanks
|P Town ||09-10-2013 08:44 AM |
Quickest, easiest, most effective, and most costly is to replace the hardware.
I doubt that there is any paint that will stick.
Re-plating is a viable option, but is usually costly.
Leave it as is, is the quickest easiest, and cheapest, which is what I would do.
Is there anything I can do short of replacing everything
such as painting it all black and calling it a day?
If you want to spend the rest of your life repainting...
|Bruce Johnson ||09-10-2013 12:56 PM |
Most "gold" plating on musical instrument parts is actually what's called Gold Chrome in the industry. It's chrome plating, which is then covered by a very thin flash coating of gold, and then a clear coat of polyurethane. Real gold plating is very expensive.
If you use lacquer thinner on a cloth, you can usually clean off all the clearcoat and the gold, without harming the chrome plating underneath. Don't use anything abrasive, or you might scratch the chrome. Take the hardware off the instrument to do it. You can even soak the parts in a jar of lacquer thinner. That's going to be the simplest way to make the hardware look presentable.
|jaxstarke ||09-10-2013 02:24 PM |
Yeah, if there was a way to safely just take the plating/color off then that would be ideal. All chrome is better than half gold, half chrome. Even if it's left with a dull or satin-ish luster. I'll give the lacquer thinner a try. Thanks Bruce.
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