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Anybody ever used gun blue on tuners or bridges?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by prater, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. prater


    Aug 4, 2011
  2. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Gun bluing compounds are not intended for use on chrome plated surfaces.
  3. prater


    Aug 4, 2011
    Good to know, hadn't thought of that.

  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    It would look kinda cool on some basses. Isn't it sensitive to fingerprints though? I've had my gun friends give me grief for touching the blued part when I shoulda been touching the wood part.
  5. They would have to be stripped first.
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    On a related topic, I'm wishing to age Sperzel buttons. Currently they are in satin chrome finish and made of aluminum. How can I get a darker, tarnished appearance ?
    I read about chlorhydric acid. Good idea ?

  7. Dradder


    Feb 7, 2013
    Reno, Nevada

    I haven't tried any of these "household" methods yet, but #3 -- soaking the item overnight in cola -- has made me rethink whether I want to actually drink that stuff anymore.
  8. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Gun blue only works on steel and it is prone to rust if not cleaned and lightly oiled or waxed. Most guitar hardware is made of plated die cast zinc (zamak alloy), aluminum or machined brass.

  9. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Anyone try these household ideas? I would not mind knocking the chrome down on my Fender reissue bridge. I know about the mild acid but cola, oven cleaner?
  10. No.
    Very bad. Bad bad bad idea.
    You can't get rid of the products of that reaction. They're a danger to the environment. I don't recommend it.
    Hydrochloric acid is nasty.
  11. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    In addition to being difficult it really wouldn't be very authentic to age these tuners. Here's a set that's been used extremely hard for 28 years and the only wear is on the edge of the button. Other than that they look brand new.