For those of you not familiar with the model of Del Rey I am rebuilding (with a friend’s help being the bulk of the work), it has a metal pick guard. This one is scratched up, but you can still easily see the alternating polished and brushed stripes in the metal. I’ve spent the last few hours with a dremmel and polishing compound trying to get the scratches out.
Just a side note. Always wear protective gear. I started without anything, then added eye protection, then gloves, and then a face mask. All of these steps were each in reaction to a small injury. First, polishing compound got in my eye. Second, my hand got rubbed raw when I slipped with the dremmel. Third, a metal fleck stabbed me in the right nostril when I was using a small metal brush attachment on the dremmel to clean out a corner of the bridge. If you try this at home, start with all the protective gear.