Anyone Paint a Chrome Control Plate Black?

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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    If so, what did you use? Looking for more of a gloss look than matte...

    What kind of non-spray paint will adhere to metal...especially chrome? How would you do it? Wipe on and buff? Dip? Help a brother out?

    Also looking at getting an undrilled one online, but still have to locate someone with a drill press.

    Help a brother out!
     
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  2. 24 track

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    to paint to a chromed surface , first clean all residual oil off the piece with naptha ( lighter fluid ) it will disolve the grease and oils and not leave a resiue, the surface will need to have some "TOOTH" which means it has to roughed up with sandpaper, this gives the primer something to adhere to . for primer use a spray can of automotive primer , add a top coat of a semi gloss black,

    to recap
    1) clean the plate with naptha let dry
    2) use sandpaper to scuff up the surface ( sand in one direction only )
    3) clean again with naptha to remove any standing paticles ,let dry
    4) spray with primer
    5) spray with automotive semi gloss black

    check out an automotive paint shop for any experience or technique they may have on the subject, they may sujest getting the item powder coated which is another option


    good luck and have fun!
     
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  3. Beachbum

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    I haven't done a control plate but I did these chrome covers using the method above with the additional step of baking them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 1/2 hour which they say hardens the paint more quickly. It's been about 6 months now and they're holding up very well.

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  4. 24 track

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    nice job! well done!
     
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  5. Freeman Keller

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    Take it to a metal fab shop that does powder coating. Have them drill the holes where you want them. They will know what to do and you will like the results.
     
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  6. mfguitar

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    Three words for just about any paint job, clean, dry & dull.
    Because you are drilling a relatively thin piece a drill press is not so necessary. A center punch and pilot holes are. You will need to mount the plate to something sturdy so it does not turn into a propeller.
     
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    One more small thing if you buy one undrilled and want to use a standard tele style blade switch - the slot is somewhat problematic to cut. If you are using a round hole, no problem. Your metal shop will know how to cut it.
     
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    Not quite what you're asking.....but I've seen black control plates available, and I bought a chromed un-drilled one myself, (pretty sure it was GuitarFetish) but don't think I've seen a black, un-drilled one anywhere. Good luck!
    I stand corrected....GFS DOES carry a black, undrilled plate. Just scroll way down.
    https://www.guitarfetish.com/Guitar-Hardware_c_37.html
     
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    Did you see what I added to my post above? A lot less trouble to just go with the blank black one. ;)
     
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    excellant , and afordable too.

    I'm so used to having to improvise being left handed and all
     
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  12. El Tele Lobo

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    Yeah, this is for a reverse Esquire no switch. A Jazzbo Tele for the jazz cat in me.
     
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    you can buy black ones from several sources. Painting them does NOT hold up long term.
     
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    Agree.
     
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    Ceracoat and/or Gunkote

    Not both.

    Both are baked on finishes
    Any color you want.

    Rattle can, good luck with that, I would belt sand smooth till you break the copper layer.
    There used to be automotive paints in a rattle can than were made for exhaust pipes and headers. It's expensive. Then ceramic clear coat that with a high gloss clear, most of those are for wheels. If you follow the instructions and prep, clean and bake, the above mentioned rattle can products can only be removed mechanically ( sanding or sandblasting) much like powder coating.

    A word about powder coating, it's appreciably THICKER, so if you are dealing with tight tolerances, your screwed if you powder coat or rechrome.
     
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    Respectfully, I have to disagree based on years of examining specifications and personally measuring powder coat film thickness.

    I use to deal with powder coat applicators when I was doing industrial coating and lacquer technical support, and periodically was asked to sign off on specification compliance since I owned (and still own) a full set of calibrated coating film thickness measurement tools.

    An average powder coat system is 2-3 mils total film thickness. That's roughly the equivalent of 2-4 coats of retail channel enamel or polyurethane coatings and thinner than most properly applied lacquer systems.
     
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