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Shielding Paint?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by kris pung, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I'm currently designing my second bass project and was wondering were I could purchase some control cavity shielding paint?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Stewmac has it in pints I think. That will go a long way.
  3. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Huh, interesting.

    How well does this stuff work, as opposed to copper tape?
  4. It doesn't work *as well*,(a generalization based on the amount of sheilding component suspended in the paint) but it's alot easier to get into places tape won't "work"... I've gone so far as to wick it thru all the pickup wire channels... it's pretty decent stuff, and does its job. Just stir it up properly.

  5. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks everyone for the fast responses.
  6. Foil! Don't forget foil, regular aluminum foil, which works well (prolly better than paint) and is super cheap. Spray adhesives hold it in well. Of course, I wouldn't want to use something like that on an instrument I was selling, but for my own use, it's great. I like to put electrical tape over the whole mess, since it hold all the foil down to maintain electrical contact, and protects it, and prevents shorting.

    Has anyone used solid metal for their shielding? Maybe a mesh? Those would be cheap and easy to apply.