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Hummingbird Pickguard Paint Touch ups

#1 User is offline   groovadelic 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:54 PM

Thought some people on this forum might have some interest in a little project I have going on.

So my Hummingbird TV had about 5% of the "hand painted" bird/floral faded. So I decided to experiment with touching it up. My wife went out to Hobby Lobby and got me 2 Sharpie oil based paint pens (white and yellow).

Here was the before - you can see part of the bird is faded, the flowers were almost completely gone, it was just enough to bother me.

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And here is after I touched it up a bit... the color is almost exact.


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You can make out where I blotted some paint down especially around the flowers. The important part is to get a nice flow into the grooves because I will be removing the excess on the surface of the guard.

I let this set and dry a few hours then begin sanding it down with fine sandpaper (1000 to 2500) I picked up from Autozone.

After that I will hand buff with some buffing compound.

Final step is to actually fade the color a little with brown shoe polish to age it a bit to more of a cream white color. This will also blend the original and the new so it looks uniform.


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#2 User is offline   groovadelic 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:48 PM

Here it is sanded from 1500 to 2000 to 2500 first dry then wet.

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The color matches really close on those paint pens. I am pleasantly surprised.

Buffed with polishing compound...

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Some spots look like they're faded, but there's actually no "grooves" there so the paint wouldn't hold. Otherwise, I'm pleased with the outcome.

A bit of brown shoe polish to add a little patina to the white. It's subtle but I think it adds a lot of character to it.

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There it is... I hope someone finds this helpful.
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:42 PM

I like it ! Thanks for detailing the process.
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:50 PM

After seeing the first picture I thought Uaaakk ! , , , and was about to recommend you some cotton-sticks and a sharp scraper.
Second post made me forget.

It looks splendid - have done a bit of that myself (you should see my butterfly).
Is the shoe-polish warming up the titanium white and for how long was it on ?

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:52 PM

You did a real nice job on that. Thanks for all the details. I'm all for keeping those fancy pick guards looking fancy. [thumbup]
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:21 AM

Good job groove..and good walk through

Hogeye mentioned this is basicaly how they paint the guards at the factory... people wanting to keep the designs intact, this looks like the way to go.

Will be interesting to see if the new paint last longer than the old... !
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:33 AM

Thanks for the tip and great work. [thumbup]

Might consider it as mine has deteriorated pretty much like yours, just in one area, that covers about 5% of the guard.

However, I quite like the very light deterioration of the guard artwork, sort of gives it an even more 'true vintage' look, so Ill probably leave it unless it really starts to decline.
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:43 AM

View PostDel Nilppeznaf, on 07 November 2013 - 02:21 AM, said:

Good job groove..and good walk through

Hogeye mentioned this is basicaly how they paint the guards at the factory... people wanting to keep the designs intact, this looks like the way to go.

Will be interesting to see if the new paint last longer than the old... !



Its gonna last longer than yours did that's for certain :D
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:22 AM

Nice job, looks like that takes a steady hand and some talent.
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:41 AM

View Postrayban, on 07 November 2013 - 07:22 AM, said:

Nice job, looks like that takes a steady hand and some talent.


Or you can do what Gibson does and just liberally glob it on! I saw this recently and I guess this is what they mean by "hand painting".

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:57 AM

View Postgroovadelic, on 07 November 2013 - 08:41 AM, said:

Or you can do what Gibson does and just liberally glob it on! I saw this recently and I guess this is what they mean by "hand painting".

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I wondered about the huge price for a hummingbird pick guard . now I understand why they're so expensive .
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 09:10 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 07 November 2013 - 08:57 AM, said:

I wondered about the huge price for a hummingbird pick guard . now I understand why they're so expensive .


Yep, there's 300 bucks of yer cash at work... LOL
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 09:55 AM

Like another poster I thought, this looks terrible but then you sanded and buffed the guard and wow. great job!!
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:29 AM

good job =) ... this should be a sticky thread for when someone's bird fades =)










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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:22 AM

Nice job on the Hummingbird Pickguard.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:09 AM

I'm looking to do exactly this, however, the pics in this post are no longer available. Any one have them saved who wants to share, please?
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 11:26 AM

View PostBiklebowski, on 13 September 2017 - 06:09 AM, said:

I'm looking to do exactly this, however, the pics in this post are no longer available. Any one have them saved who wants to share, please?


Rehosted the images. Looks like Photobucket is now charging to host pictures [thumbdn]
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:29 PM

I did this exactly as described in the OP and it worked like a charm.

Best thing: I'm totally cool now with the pickguard wearing off, since I know its such an easy fix I can do by myself.

I got no before, just an in between and after picture:

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:19 AM

LJ, excellent job. Can I ask - did you get the same "oil-based Sharpies from Hobby Lobby" Groovedeli referred to ? If so, what colors ?
My TV's p/g is worn in exactly the same place as yours and Gd's was. Same place I've even seen them worn when 'new but shopworn'. I wonder if the mold is not etching the lines deep enough there?
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 01:49 PM

View Postfortyearspickn, on 16 September 2017 - 08:19 AM, said:

LJ, excellent job. Can I ask - did you get the same "oil-based Sharpies from Hobby Lobby" Groovedeli referred to ? If so, what colors ?
My TV's p/g is worn in exactly the same place as yours and Gd's was. Same place I've even seen them worn when 'new but shopworn'. I wonder if the mold is not etching the lines deep enough there?
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yes, I used the same pens, actually, getting those was the hardest part, cause they are not for sale here in germany. Got those on ebay from a seller in the UK.

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