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I was recently thinking about customizing a guitar, and I decided to make the hardware (which is metal) a bloody red, but still kind of leaving the metal showing as highlights.
Any ideas on how I could do this, or if it could be done?
Anodising? It relies on the parts being Aluminium, but I seem to remember it can be done fairly simply. We did it in a high school chemistry lab at one point.
I'm not sure what you'd use to get red, though. I believe we used a copper-based liquid and ended up with blue anodised aluminium. I'm sure with a different solution you could get a different colour.
Although I'm not sure how much of the metal beneath will show through. Maybe you can mask it to some degree, or scrape the finish off, or put a very light coating on and get the desired result...
Maybe I'll have to look up how we did it if I have time tonight...
According to the website, they are brass, with a random coating, depending on the finish, obviously. So, would you happen to know if there are any good stains for this task?
Unfortunately I don't think I can help you then. I've no idea how one would stain/colour brass, although I'm sure it could be done. Somehow.
Maybe hunt down Dan Jonse's Titan thread... he used some interesting painting techniques, something about oils and pigments and stuff. I don't know if it will help at all, but... it's all I can think of at the moment.
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Hang on, can you anodise Brass? Hmmm, I'll try and remember to look this up tonight, and get back to you tomorrow.
My other thought is Lacquers. I have no idea what they are or how they work, but I believe they were used to colour armour back in the day. Not that they commonly made armour out of brass, but metal is metal, more or less. May be something else worth looking up.
Hopefully someone else more useful will get back to you!
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Well, thanks anyway, it seems that Rustoleum carries a set of metal paints, perhaps one will work for the job.
So I guess all I can do is wish you luck with the paints. I couldn't find anything useful last night, though admittedly I didn't look all that hard...
Then again, I was somewhat doubtful my year 11 chemistry learnings were going to solve your problem! I was right about that at least!