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Shielding over shielding paint?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JACink, Dec 22, 2017.


  1. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    I am sure I have read about this a few times on here, but I am failing to find the threads this morning (it's early and I've only had one coffee ;) )

    I have a bass that I am refinishing, which has the compartment (badly) painted with shielding paint. The paint is cracked and missing in some parts, so I am wondering what options I have.

    I would prefer not to repaint (because I am not keen on shielding paint and I don't have any), but is it possible to reshield the whole bass with copper over the paint without removing it?

    I am thinking that as long as I create a whole new copper "compartment" that is completely covered and well grounded to the bridge and output it should be ok, but I am usually wrong :D
     
  2. As long as the shielding tape has conductive adhesive, it should be fine.
    What you don't want is anything insulating between the copper tape & the sheilding paint, which would form a capacitor.
     
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  3. craigie

    craigie

    Nov 11, 2015
    calgary
    I think you’re overthinking it.
     
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  4. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    This is what I seem to remember reading, thanks KBD.
     
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  5. JACink

    JACink

    Mar 9, 2011
    Spain
    I usually do ;)
     
  6. As said provided conductive adhesive foil and well grounded it will be fine. That is exactly what I did when I installed the preamp in my Ibanez. It was shield paint and had no noise issues but I foiled it anyway just in case the new preamp needed it. Did not feel like having to strip the pots and preamp out again.

    Laurence
     
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