Painting your pickups...How and is it possible?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by PwX-Steve, Aug 12, 2001.

  1. I'm sick of my plain black colour pickups and i cant afford to buy new ones. I was wondering if it is possible for me to paint them a different colour. I was thinking yellow. Anyway if its possible could someone please post some tips or maybe even some How to's on painting pickups.

    hope yous can help

    steve :confused:
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i would use testor's model paint, a thin layer, not too thick, and mix the color to match the color of your bass.
  3. do u recomend removing the pickups from the bass? and just using abit of masking tape around where the pickups sit?
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    you shouldn't need to mask anything or take the pickups out either - i would suggest getting a small model-sized paintbrush to paint them. you should be able to be careful enough not to get anything on the body of the bass. just take your strings off (duh) :D.

    i wouldn't put tape on the body, might leave a mark or lift up the paint. if you have to mask it, just put some paper or something there, just to catch any stray drips.
  5. i think ill mask it or somthink, i dont trust myself hehehe

    thanks for your help

  6. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    just take the pup covers off and paint those. You can even use spraypaint. You shouldnt need to take your strings off to do this.
  7. nah i think ill stick with the first option but with sum light masking
    sounds alot safer
    but then again i might even take out the pickups so i can paint them fully

    il let use know how it goes

  8. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    you may be able to buy new pickup covers.
  9. KumoriNeko

    KumoriNeko Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    If you've ever used or heard of the fancy type of duct-tape that doesn't decompose, it has a mirrored metalic (looks like alluminium foil but tape) type finish. I used to have it on top of my pickups and it looked pretty cool if you want a metal looking pickup. And it's also removable if you get tired of it.
  10. steinbergerxp2

    steinbergerxp2 Guest

    Jul 11, 2001
    Take them out and to a shop that does automotive painting. If you can wait until they are ready to shoot a color you like, the paint job should be pretty cheap.
  11. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    automotive paint?

    sorry mate, that wont stick too good with polystyrene, espiceally not the oven painting thing.

    what you can do is buy model paints, just make sure you use acrylics, that way it would be easier to strip the paint off if you don't like it and they can be thinned with water (no smell problems).
    Tamyia also offer spray versions of their paints and you can choose from their military paint line (if you want RLM Panzer Gray pups) to their race car line of paints.
  12. ok i thought i might let you's all know what iv been doing.

    i went on a visit to a paint specialist and got him to check the plastic out, he recommended enamel paint and we also tested some on an old bass i have and there where no problems. anyway this weekend i have started painting it.
    the paint requires 3-4 coats and 4 hours between coats and then a final 24hr drying time.
    i have P and J pickups.
    so what i have done is unscrewed the pickups and taken them out as far as i can and with a small model brush i have painted them, and im upto my second coat and it looks great!!!. i was given a tip buy the paint dude. and it has been very helpful with my clumsy hands hehe. what he suggest to do is if i didnt want to get paint on the little magnets i should put some patrolium jelly on them then if i get abit of paint on them i just scrape it off. and it works!!!!. i will take some pics once it is completed