Staining Plastic Tuner Buttons

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  1. giddyap

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    Have you done this?
    How did you do it?

    I would like to make new white or ivoroid or cream buttons looked vintage/yellowed.
     
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    StewMac video on how they did it for Rich Robinson - easy to follow and looks great.
     
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    The only thing I’ve been involved with was taking white buttons and putting them in a tea solution. They became too dark and really looked out of place on the guitar.

    In retrospect we should have used a more diluted tea solution and/or less time in the tea

    Alcohol and/or herb may or may not have been a factor. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it
     
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    Just buy a new set in a more appropriate color ...


    Less work involved ...
     
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    Indeed...I'd LOVE to!
    Where is there a set of buttons (even tuners w/ buttons) that look like they are from the 40s or 50s?
     
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    Easy just put on some tan or brown Kiwi shoe polish on the plastic, i use my fingers to apply, and let dry then polish. Looks great. If you dont like the look just use car polish to make them white again..
     
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    Use them for coffee stirrers.
     
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    I dyed my Gotoh's with brown Kiwi shoe polish and it looked awful. Just a sub-neon yellow barfola.
    I replaced them with Kluson replacement tips sold one at a time. Now they look real. It was kind of hard to do, but it worked out. Soldering iron didn't help, but maybe a soldering gun would work. I used a $6 torch lighter to melt them on. Wire cutters to remove the old ones.
    I got mine from sporthitech. KL-BUTTON SLN
     
  9. nedorama

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    Seriously, just watch the Youtube from StewMac I posted that shows exactly how to age brand new tuners to match older ones - it's a lot of subtle wipes and not leaving polish and other things on too long...
     
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