Good thought. I also have some Fiebings leather dye that is so potent it should have a skull and crossbones on the label.I doubt it will work with poly, but you could try brown shoe polish. But if it darkens it at all, it may be spotty. Test, test, test. If there are scratches, it will accentuate them.
You could try adding a little lacquer thinner or acetone to it to try to eat the poly finish a little. Or a white Scotchbrite pad. It all sounds like allotta work to me, plus I am sure I would make it look worse. You are probably still going to have other bright white plastic bits on it. Perhaps just leave it in the sun for a couple years.Good thought. I also have some Fiebings leather dye that is so potent it should have a skull and crossbones on the label.
Hey now! Good old shellac - - great idea, and easily removed if the result is poor. Possibly could chip away, but there again, easy to undo.I've used garnet shellac with an artist brush to match a aged binding color after repairing a section of. Once it looked close I used lacquer clear coats to protect it, again with a brush.
I don't think this is a good method for the entire binding, it is laborious. Although everything dries really quickly which is nice.
Hey now! Good old shellac - - great idea, and easily removed if the result is poor. Possibly could chip away, but there again, easy to undo.
Understood.My advice, worth exactly what you paid me for it:
What you want to do is exceedingly difficult to do without screwing something up, either to the existing binding (underneath a modern finish on an inexpensive guitar) or to the surrounding wood.
If you do get the result you are hoping to achieve it will be because you were very meticulous and spent a ton of time on this mod.
My bottom line — not worth it.
TWO caveats — 1) if this is not ‘helpful’ advice but rather a downer then I apologize and please disregard.
2) I really do mean this post to be helpful in that maybe you can learn from my experience. Looking back I wish I would have spend less time chasing dubious gear-modding projects and more time practicing the guitar. That’s just me though.
Most sincerely — good luck.
Always respect your input, Freeman. Seriously.We could have long philosophical discussions about all the things we do to guitars but might be best if we didn't....
As far as your binding question, to summarize - I don't know of a way to stain or change the color of binding. You can put some color over the top of it, that will involve all sorts of finishing questions. Frankly I would not use shellac on top of a catalyzed finish, but it might work fine. If it was a really nice guitar and I wanted to change the binding I would route it off, replace it with what I wanted and refinish the entire guitar. I believe that almost anything you do will look worse that what you have right now, please don't be offended.
From your first post it sounds like you don't own the guitar (yet). I would suggest continuing to look.....
Decant some Mohawk Starburst aerosol into an airbrush jar. Thin it 50/50 with lacquer thinner and apply with an airbrush. You can mask the binding using a soft mask and buff by hand leaving no "edge". Look up soft masking on YouTube. Some call it “back-masking because you basically apply the masking to the area to be painted and then fold it over pulling in back to reveal the area to coat and ‘“rolling” the masking tape back to provide a roynded over edge that softens the overspray edge.A cheap guitar I'm thinking of buying for a little modding fun has bright white binding, probably plastic. A "candlelight" color would be much nicer. Would a dye of some sort, wiped on and off quickly, achieve that?