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 Post subject: G&L Black Finish
PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 5:03 am 
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This past month I picked up an early 90's G&L SB1 bass. The bass was in need of a good cleaning and set up. The hardware was a little rough, the bridge being a lot rough. The chrome plating was bubbled and raised. Being a zinc material, it also had some pitting and white chalky stuff around the pitted areas. I did buy a replacement from the G&L online store to replace it with. That said, I have worked on old G&L basses with the black finish hardware and I have always thought that the wrinkle finish was really Cool.


I did some looking online and found that there are products out there that offer a wrinkled finish, so I thought the old bridge would make a good test piece. Below are the pictures to show a before and after picture of the bass with the two bridge. Just to let you know, the before picture of the bass is with the new chrome bridge. I did not paint that one.


The finish came out very nice! It is a little more coarse than the G&L finish, but very close. The picture looks much more coarse only because it's tough trying to take a picture to show some detail. The finish appears to be very tough and durable! I bought this can of paint at the local Autozone store for under $11.00.

The prep work on the bridge was, I removed the chrome with Muriatic acid and rinsed thuroughly in water. I lightly sanded the bridge to relieve the high spots and then de-greased and dried. From there I followed the instructions on the can. The finished was cured in an oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour and done.


I might suggest that if you want to try this, use an old POS bridge as a test piece first. Careful with the temp setting on your oven and I would recommend not going any hotter than the recommended temp of 200 degrees. Zinc does not fare well with higher temps. I know, been there, done that!


If someone is looking for this type of finish, I hope this will give you some ideas! Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: G&L Black Finish
PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 5:04 am 
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This is the picture of the bridge.


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 Post subject: Re: G&L Black Finish
PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 7:50 am 
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Looks good!


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 Post subject: Re: G&L Black Finish
PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 8:10 am 
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Very cool! Nice one Bill!

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PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 12:13 pm 
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Wow! What a fabulous looking bass! That is awesome!!! I was just enquiring on TB about black hardware and was told I had to do my own (not available through G&L) so this thread is very inspirational!


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 Post subject: Re: G&L Black Finish
PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 5:29 pm 
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Thank you and I am glad that it may help!


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PostPosted: July 14th, 2018, 12:25 am 
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Very nice! It looks as good as a true powder coat!

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 Post subject: Re: G&L Black Finish
PostPosted: July 14th, 2018, 6:42 pm 
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That came out perfectly! Love my blank wrinkle G&L bridge.

You should post this in the TB G&L club thread. They've been talking black hardware a lot lately:

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/g-l-cl ... 2/page-549


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PostPosted: July 15th, 2018, 9:08 am 
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Thanks Tim! If you want to share this link, please do. I haven’t posted on Talkbass since I joined this forum.


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