I have wanted to make a custom pickguard for my thunderbird out of metal. But before pursuing this quest towards perfection, I wanted to ask advice on what would be the best metal used, and if I need to apply a finish of some kind to said metal. The look I had in mind was not a bright steel, but maybe a duller look. There was a fella on here that did it out of a cookie sheet, but its way to bright for a vintage sunburst. Thanks guys!