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Getting tuners painted black?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Myrriad, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Myrriad

    Myrriad Banned

    Oct 11, 2012
    I can't seem to find any good replacements for my Squier VM Jazz tuners, and I'm doing blacked out hardware. I was wondering if there was any way I could, or someone else (like an auto body shop) could paint them a metallic black color.
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    You want good? Hipshot.
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Yeah that too
  4. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Painting them is a terrible idea. They get handled too often. Gun blue might or might not do it.
  5. Wil_Couch


    Mar 12, 2013
    I would powder coat them if I were you. Although, if you're going to spend the money on powdercoating you may as well just buy new black tuners.
  6. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    In a word, no.

    Buy a set.
  7. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Yup, to have them be properly black they would be plated, like the ones you buy, not painted.

    Gotoh makes the black tuners found on the Aerodyne bass if I recall.

    Wilkinson makes black Fender-style tuners as well.

    For best fit you might be stuck with Guitar Fetish, they sell a black Fender-style tuner with a different plate shape than the Wilkinson, might be more appropriate for an import bass.
  8. Yeah, painting the tuners is a bad idea. Don't know why you're having trouble finding black tuners for your Squier, they're fairly common. I've seen plenty of Squier VM jazzes here on TB alone with blacked out tuners.
  9. Don't be that guy that painted your chrome hardware black.
    It just doesn't work and people like me end up buying them and wondering why
    the previous owner ruined perfectly good hardware.
    Here is the Talk Bass thread...
    Removing paint from chrome

    And here are pictures of "painted" chrome after about a year
    attachment. attachment. attachment.
  10. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Be a good guy and buy black tuners:cool:

    Don't be a baddy and paint your tuners:rollno:
  11. mr.black


    Mar 4, 2008
    actually that chipped black tuner look is what i want to do on one of my projects (dont hate). hehe!
  12. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.

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