Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Light – Day Three

Ok, so the aging plastic guitar parts with UV light experiment is now in its third day and I have to say that I am not liking the results at all.

I think the UV torch is grossly underpowered and not doing nearly the job I thought it would, I also think the batteries are running out of steam quicker than I would like

So I decided, instead of waiting for the end of the week to try plan B, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I would go to the next phase of my little experiment now, and go for the more powerful UV globe in the lamp.

Before I show you the video and pics of my little upgrade, here are the third day pics of the cover using the UV torch. I must admit, I am seeing some change, but only slight variations.

In this first pic the one that has had the little tanning session is on the top…

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Light – Day Three

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Light – Day Three


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On this next pic the one you are looking at is also on the top. I just moved the box so I could get a photo under different lighting.

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Light 2 – Day Three

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Light 2 – Day Three

Ok, so you get the point, some change but at this rate it could take a month before I am even remotely happy with a desired result.

So I decided it’s time for Plan B, here’s a short video explaining the Plan…

Here’s a pic of the first set up with the UV globe inside the lamp, I thought I would try to replicate the same scenario as the torch inside the box, with the UV light underneath the pickup cover and have the cover taped to the cardboard upside down.

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Lamp – Day Three

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Lamp – Day Three

In the video I said I would leave it for 5 to 6 hours, but I decided I would check on the progress after about an hour, and boy I’m glad I did, here’s why…

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Lamp Too Hot – Day Three

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Lamp Too Hot – Day Three

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So I turned the lamp upside down with the globe pointing down so the heat can escape from the top. And instead of starting over with a new cover that isn’t partly melted I will keep going with the one I have been using from the outset. Saves wrecking another one I guess.

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Lamp Upside Down  – Day Three

Aging Plastic Guitar Parts with UV Lamp Upside Down – Day Three

I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

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