Googled quite extensively, and searched on here as well. I'm currently refinishing an ibanez 1527 I picked up locally for a really good price. Body needed a lot of work as far as dings, but the hardware and neck was fantastic. Eventually when it's done I'll be making a NGD and updating with the pictures from along the way. But at this step in time, I'm stuck on what to do with the hardware. I have a few really good connections, one of them being a powdercoating and metal refinishing company. The guy said he will refinish any of my hardware for free, any color, etc. . However, he said that there was a few issues. 1), I would need to take the plastic little circular covers (that cover the cogs I believe) on my Gotoh tuners off. Now, I was told they are aluminum. They feel plastic to me. If I take these covers off, if even possible, wouldn't that expose the cogs? I couldn't find a solution to this online. 2) I would have to cover all of the threading on individual parts with tape I believe, in order for them to still work. Is there a specific kind of tape? TLDR; Basically, I have seen that people have been successful with powdercoating guitar hardware, but I haven't seen what they actually have to do. Any help, information, stories are greatly appreciated!