Rotten old vintage plastic: fabricating replacement parts from pickguard materia

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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.

 
In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Stinky, "off-gassing" celluloid destroys metal, too!
  • Laminating acrylic material to fabricate a 3D shaped part.
  • Hot Tip! The advantage of bending the plastic while gluing.
  • Quick way to sand and buff acrylic to a high gloss.

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