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Rotten old vintage plastic: fabricating replacement parts from pickguard materia


Issue 189 April 25, 2013



After nearly 60 years, old celluloid parts start to crumble. The pickup risers on a '55 Gretsch are rotting away, and Dan Erlewine builds new replacements from a sheet of tortoiseshell pickguard plastic.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkStinky, "off-gassing" celluloid destroys metal, too!
  • checkmarkLaminating acrylic material to fabricate a 3D shaped part.
  • checkmarkHot Tip! The advantage of bending the plastic while gluing.
  • checkmarkQuick way to sand and buff acrylic to a high gloss.

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