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  • How can I age metal?

    I make hardware for guitars and would like to age metal parts (mainly aluminum and stainless). For some reason, people like the aged look. How can I do this and give it an old, slightly rustic look? Heat, chemical, etc.?

    Thanks,
    Matt

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    Maybe...

    Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but maybe just leave the parts outside in the weather for a week or two when it rains? Either that, or possibly one of the Caswell's Pickle formulas- maybe Number 4, for a VERY brief time, then neutralize with SP Degreaser and distilled water? But I'd be SURE to experiment with scrap parts first, and see how they hold up on the long run. I've learned the hard way that if you stop the triple chroming process at the acid copper and don't treat it or plate it in nickel soon, it tends to "age" the part- even if you DON'T want it to! But that probably doesn't help, as your friends don't want copper guitars, I suppose.

    Good luck with it.

    Jay Travis

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    • #3
      either leave it out side or acid wash it

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