Rejuvenate your rusty screws! Now you can refinish rusty screws to their original color at almost no cost.
This is my first Instructable, and I want to send a very warm Thank You! to all the people who has sent so much useful ideas to this site.
Ok, now back into business. Being a guitar technician in Venezuela has forced me to find clever solutions to solve some problems, since almost everything has to be imported and thus are sold at very high prices… if they can be found at all!
Have you seen those tiny screws that are so nicely plated with black chrome? They are very classy until they get RUSTY. And most players around here just balk at the perspective of having to spend up to three times the MSRP of those products, since they all are imported. But sometime ago my brother made a joke, saying it could be cheaper to just use a Sharpie® marker to cover the rust. I tried it and, well, it worked!
Step 1: Materials Needed.
Rusty black screws.
Black permanent marker, felt tip.
360-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge.
Step 2: Remove the Screws Youre Going to Paint.
Step 3: Remove the Rust.
Step 4: Clean the Surface.
Step 5: Paint the Screws.
Step 6: Hold the Screws Vertically.
Step 7: Apply Clear Fingernail Polish.
Remember how it was difficult to paint inside the head with the marker? Once you apply the fingernail polish you’ll see how the tint creeps inside the cavity, carrying the black paint with it and leaving a smooth and shiny finish that looks like a brand new black-chrome plating.
Step 8: Reinstall the Screws.
It's important to note that this finish will rub off if the screws are handled regularly. I won't recommend doing this on the fine tuners of a Floyd Rose bridge, for example, but for the pickup mounting rings is more than adequate. Remember: this is no substitute for a proper plated screw.
Step 9: Admire Your Work!
Of course, the best solution would be to just replace the old screws with new ones, but as I told before, these ones are nearly impossible to find around here. While four black neck screws can be found for about 3.50 USD in the USA, they can cost up to 30 bucks here... that is, if you can find them!