Pickguard Mod.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by leftseptember, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. leftseptember


    Jun 26, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I assume this is the right forum, so...

    I want to paint my pickguard...any ideas on what kind of paint to use? I've come across Krylon Fusion. Says its for plastic, and needs no sanding and priming.

    I can pick up a new white pickguard if I ruin this one, but I want it black...and can't really find one locally, and aren't able to order via internet.

    Any suggestions/help?
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    what kind of bass is it? and also, at www.pickguards.com you can send them a tracing, and they can make any one you want. It's much better than any paint. I really don't reccomend painting a pickguard. It never turns out right.
  3. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    Unless you are a professional painter, or have the skills of one, I would agree with tmo33. It wouldn't even be very expensive to get a new pickguard.
  4. Most pickguards (except for true celluloid) are vinyl nowadays. It's tough to find paint that will stick well enough to become a tough finish and hold up to wear. For paints to work well, their solvents have to soften the receiving surface to sort of "weld" the paint with the plastic. PVC doesn't soften with standard paint solvents.

    Custom pickguards are somewhat expensive in relation to their off-the-shelf counterparts. Jeannies and WD both charge over $40 for custom cut pg's, whereas a stock guard will run about $25.

    Try Warmoth for a great selection of materials and a broad range of features for a decent price.