Special thanks go out to Sondra (my betrothed/candlemaking guru), Gabe Nickelson, pri0531 and Sebastian from the forum over at jemsite.com, for pointing me in the right direction.
WARNING – WAX IS EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE.
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS NEAR AN OPEN FLAME - MOLTEN WAX IS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE
DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK - BE INFORMED, SAFE AND WORK RESPONSIBLY
Tools required to pot pickups:
- A double boiler (I used a large metal measuring cup place inside the boiler)
- Electric stove top or hot plate (open flame is a no-no)
- Candle making or candy thermometer
- Rubber bands
- Pliers or tongs
- Canning wax
- Paper towels
- Remove your pickup(s) from your guitar. Wrap a few rubber bands around your pickup to hold the bobbin tape together while its being dipped. The glue or whatever holding the tape can melt and make a HUGE mess (or so I’m told).
- Fill the double boiler about halfway with water. Place the inside part of your double boiler into the water.
- If needed, break up the wax into small cubes. Use your judgment on the amount of wax to use I needed a pound and a half to provide enough liquid to completely submerge my pickup. And when it was all over I had quite a bit of wax left over. StewMac recommends a wax mixture of 20% beeswax and 80% canning wax. Mine was more 50/50.
- SLOWLY turn the heat on the stove and attach the thermometer to the inside of the smaller pot.
- Stir the mixture around until it’s a consistent liquid. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE GET MUCH PAST 150°F/65°C – The wax melts at 148°F degrees so that’s as hot as you need it to be.
- Use the tongs to hold your pickup – BE careful WAX IS HOT – (duh). And dip it into the mixture. Wiggle it around until there are no more visible air bubbles. Repeat this every 5 minutes or so to make completely sure you're getting full saturation (sounds like an ad for Peavey).
- After about 20 minutes you should be good to go. Remove the pickup from the wax and place it on a paper towel to cool. Wipe off the excess wax.
- After a few minutes when the wax looks like its almost completely cooled remove the rubber bands.
- Let cool for another couple of hours.
Put the pickup back in your guitar and Whola!!