anyone have any good tips on ageing necks ,rusting metal and making things look old.....

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Dont know if this is true, but it might be worth a try;
For heavy rusting:
This must be done in a well-ventilated area or outdoors. Use an all-metal cookie sheet with sides. DO NOT use Teflon-coated, enamelware, glass or plastic containers.

1. Measure 2 cups of CLOROX or any household bleach and pour into a metal cookie sheet with sides. Add l cup of APPLE CIDER vinegar and mix thoroughly.
2. Immerse part into solution. Part has to be completely covered. It will start rusting immediately in the solution. It takes approx. 2-3 min.
3. Lift out of solution and stand on edge to dry. It will become very rusty. Let air dry completely for approx. 1-3 hours or overnight. When it is completely dry, wipe some of the rust off with a dry cloth...this is optional.
Apparently this works on galvanised metals too.
Got this off the net so if anything explodes etc, please, dont sue.... and try it on a bit of scrap before you throw your Bigsby in there :o)
i think ill give it a miss,,i like my lungs..lol
sounds like its worth trying...i cut an apple with a stanley knife once and the blade turned black...
saw a cool old stella guitar and from ,maybe, fith fret up to the head had the stain rubbed off the fret board from years of finger work. just today tryed to copy it with staining then sanding\ rubbin off round that area. worked pretty well. should look better after a bit more work. i'll post pictures in couple of weeks. rat it up
To age the wood to make my CBG's look older I stain as normal, but wipe a bit off while its still wet.
Then I go back after that dries and wipe on BLACK leather dye.
I let it set a few seconds and then gently wipe SOME of that off too.
When its all dry if I didnt wipe off too much it comes out old looking.
It also helps if you distress the wood a bit ,add a scratch here and there, maybe a dent here and there etc before and AFTER your done finishing.
This works for me , but I suggest you experiment with how much to do and when before you tackle the main project.
aging necks, ok if you got a white or yellow colored wood neck this works kinda good. to get a vintage look on maple or white oak or poplar, after final sanding use yellow food coloring to get the wood to yellow.mix it with water[i ounce of food coloring to 10 ounces of water].[this mix process can be altered to change the look of what you are trying to achieve-more food coloring, less water, darker color,or vise-a-versa.]any how after you stain with food coloring let dry and lightly use steel wool or scotch brite to smooth the neck again.then use a oil based stain that is primarily yellow to enhance the wood of the neck,again let dry before applying the finish coats.simple but effective fer making white wood look aged.i have not tried it on red oak but it might work just as well. TIP always try color experiments with stain on a scrap piece of wood or in an inconspicious place on the wood you will use for the finished product. hope this helps.
Tea (and coffee) can be used to add light colouring before laquering, or if you have sanded the laquer partly off. Try on scrap wood first.

I've done the stain & then rub it off thing & it works great! I also smack my necks around & am not too anal about a smooth finish when sanding them. Diluted yellow paint ages the boxes too! I've sanded the paper off the tops off boxes in certain areas also.
Brown Shoe polish is a quick way to age your Rat. I like amber tinted shellac too.

A good way of ageing your CBG quickly is to tie it to the back of your car and drive up the street. works real good.

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