- May 19, 2005
It easier to " age " or distress the metal parts and all that is reversible. by obtaining new parts. I find it fun to tinker with that. Vinegar fumes Diluted enchant solution, Muriatic acid will distress nickel plating but not chrome. Go real slow and easy and don't over do it. Vintage guitars still have some shine. Pay attention to where you hands rest while you play. Plastics can be stained, Again only in small amounts and tastefully. Use existing examples of the real vintage ones. You will eventually find what your after, and then realize that playing it extensively will do most of it.
I have not heard of the vinegar method. Just standard vinegar? How long do you let them hang in the fumes? I have used muriatic acid in the past with good success. Its been awhile now and I dont remember how long I let the parts (usually tunes and bridges from Fenders) hang in the fumes. I think a couple hours. Then take them out and let them sit for a day. You'll see some aging.