Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by crankaphathed, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. crankaphathed

    crankaphathed Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone can help me out here. I have an Ibanez 5 string, and I am looking to paint the chrome hardware a different colour, perhaps a mat black, or a gun metal grey colour. So, has anyone tried to do this before? Does it work, or am I just risking ****ing up my bass? I want to use spraypaint, of course, for the reason that I want an even coat, I dont want it too thick, and so that there are no brush marks or anything like that, also, as you all know, it would be near impossible to paint a bridge using a brush. Will it effect the springs in the bridge? Thank you for you help, so please offer any examples, stories, warnings, anything!
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The guys in Setup(which is where this is headed;)) may be able to answer this, but my gut instinct says that only plating or anodizing will last very long on metal.
  3. FatFunker

    FatFunker Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Rochester, New York
    If your not in a huge hurry, you can bring it to a body shop and have them powdercoat it when they are going ot do something the same color. You don't however want them to fire up the oven and get the gun all set up for that small of a piece(it will be way to expensive) I think this will be the only thing that will work besides what embellisher said. good luck.
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    If you can find a local plating shop willing to deplate it for you, you can spray and bake automotive enamel, which would be pretty durable.
  5. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    One thing you might want to consider is just getting new hardware. My DeArmond has SatinKrome (TM, probably) hardware, which is pretty snazzy. I'm not sure who all makes hardware that ISN'T of the chrome/black/gold variety, or if they make it for Ibanez specs, but it's still something to look into.
  6. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Can i ask why? Why on earth paint the bridge black? What colour is the rest of your bass??

  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I say, "Paint it all black! The bridge, the nut. Hell -- paint the strings!"

    (I am being serious here -- black paint rules!)
  8. crankaphathed

    crankaphathed Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    thanks for everyone's help here, and the reason I wish to do this, is mainly because the hardware is all chrome. Now there is nothing wrong with the chrome look, but it is just so, standard and default, you know. I just wanted to make it look not so boring really. Spruce it up with a splash of colour!