Gold plating.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by bender66, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,479
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    on my bike
    I see threads of people wanting to remove the stuff, but none wanting it on their guitar bits.

    I see these plating solutions/kits & was wondering if anyone has any experience using them? Will it work on a chrome plated pickup cover is where I'm going with this. There doesn't seem to be an aftermarket gold cover for these.

    I could easily stay with the all chrome hardware but thought I'd ask first. The speed that gold wears is not an issue to me. I don't lose sleep over it.

    Thanks for any input.
     
    tvvoodoo likes this.
  2. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,440
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    Oklamerica
    If I’m not mistaken, the plating will only adhere to a certain substrate, so you would have to remove the chrome and plate with something else before plating with the gold.

    What pickup cover are you looking for? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen gold covers for just about everything out there.
     
  3. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,479
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    on my bike
    Thanks Roger. I was aware that the plating needs certain properties to be able to adhere from watching some videos.

    I don't see any aftermarket correct spec gold Filtertron type covers.

    Just trying to use stuff I already own, but I have no problem going with chrome.
     
    RogerC likes this.
  4. POS Guitars

    POS Guitars Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    114
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2019
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Ah, interesting.

    I have only seen gold Fillertrons in a cheap Chinese pups. I don’t know if any reliable company makes them.

    There is a ton of nickel and relic covers out there.
     
  5. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,089
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  6. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    13,875
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Spring City, Pa
    I used to get all my home plating supplies from Caswell in Lyons, NY.
    Great stuff and he's very helpful.
    I imagine his website would help.
     
    bender66 likes this.
  7. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    2,490
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Location:
    PNW USA
    Subscribed -- if it's 'convenient' to do, I wouldn't mind replating the gold hardware on my '94 Talman, it's mostly worn away.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019
  8. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    67
    Posts:
    3,596
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Location:
    Brentwood, TN
    As a former full-time jeweler, I will recommend you making absolutely sure the plating solutions do not have cyanide in them. I almost poisoned myself gold plating at home over stainless steel, in a poorly ventilated room. Be very careful.
     
  9. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    1,668
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    You need to strip the chrome, make sure the nickel plate underneath is in good shape, then do the gold plating over it. Caswell makes good kits. I have the flash copper and nickel kits, but the one time I tried to use them was on aluminum and I didn't have all the info to be successful. I'll do it again someday and it will work, but I don't have a current project that needs it.
     
    bender66 likes this.
  10. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,479
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    on my bike
    Yes! Dont know why PLT never came up in any search. I've only looked for a couple weeks.

    I figure the plating kit would be the cost of a cover so I might as well buy 2 covers & save the hassle.
    I've never seen cheap Chinese gold aftermarket Filterrons covers. Alibaba, Aliexpress, etc...

    The price I paid for these even with the cost of covers, I'm still in good shape.

    Thanks all.
     
  11. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,479
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    on my bike
    Here's the vid I saw awhile ago.
     
  12. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,479
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    on my bike
    Anybody still tuned in, am I correct in that Fidelitrons are brass w chrome plating covers?
     
  13. POS Guitars

    POS Guitars Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    114
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2019
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Yes, the Philly guys have gold covers, not cheap, but they look nice.

    The Chinese ones I was talking about come with inferior pups, not just covers.
     
  14. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,260
    Joined:
    May 7, 2015
    Location:
    atlanta
    get some glue and some gold leaf and have at it. most gold leaf has as much real gold as most "gold plated" guitar parts..
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.