Do you ever repaint them prior to building? If so, what steps do you take and what products do you use? 

Any tips on cleaning them?

Do you ever hit them with a spray coat of poly?

I would like to see your 'before' and 'after' pix


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TG, as with most stuff in life, the answer is "it depends." Depends on the condition of the plate and the look you're after. For cleaning - good old hot soapy water, maybe even run them through the dishwasher, to get bugs, dirt, and oil off. If it's an old plate with fragile paint, wash by hand for sure. Dry immediately to minimize rusting, unless you want rust. You can use a rust conversion product to make old orange rust look dark gray/black if desired. Rather than poly, I'd suggest a clear coat laquer or enamel, just personal preference. It will provide some protection and help keep the existing paint or coating from peeling further if you have that issue. You could certainly repaint with color if you wish, again just depends on the look you're after. No rules, except posting pics as you proceed!!

Reasons why I heaven't done an "LPG" 1. complications with pickups.  I like to keep the option of doing an "electric" open, even when I start without that intention. A bad acoustic still makes an acceptable electric. 1b. It would be trickier to cut out a hole for the pickup, and I don't know too much about electricity and (unwanted) feedback, but the plate makes me nervous about the possibility. 2. Because there are fifty states and each of them has made some significant changes over the years. I sometimes wonder why CB Gitty sells Mississippi plates and not "Live Free or Die" plates from NH. I guess its a "licencing issue"<lol> get it?, groans? ah, well, nevermind. Still, if you have a plate of enough vintage, you might have different issues with materials and paint-ability. I'd hesitate to apply advice from CB Gitty's plates to vintage plates (or pieces of plate. Antique British plates might need serious work, but would look pretty cool). For a first attempt at a "LPG", getting their fresh, clean plate and the accompanying advice for that particular plate, is not a bad idea. 


you can use Flat Pup that screw onto the top of the plate and will not have the interference that you mention.  Mississippi, the delta blues is considered the birth place of Blues.  The CBG is rooted in that history and many here respect and build with that in mind.  Shane Speal has a bar and CBG museum.  Red Dog has a nice history write up on it. 

enjoy, there are no rules 

You can clean them with whatever you’re using to wash your car, general purpose cleaners like simple green & purple power make fast work of grime. I like to use aftermarket touch up paint from the automotive stores like pep boys & auto zone. As said in previous post, stay away from poly, it will give off an amber hue instead of a clean clear coat. Some like that kind of patina? As far as electricity coming through to the plate, it just doesn’t happen, that’s a complete myth. There are preventative filters that keep voltage from running on the outside of the circuit? To answer Christopher’s question, Gitty sells Mississippi plates because that’s where the birthplace of the blues is? Muddy waters,Robert Johnson, Elmore james, Fred mc dowell, Son house, Howlin wolf, Charlie Patton,Willie brown & many more from there? Good luck on your LPG adventure :)

Sorry BrianQ I didn’t read your excellent reply


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