my main question is if ironwood is a strong enough fingerboard wood to resist the wear of roundwounds if it was used on a fretless. is bloodwood strong enough? i am debating witch to use on my next build. the bloodwood would look killer and work alought better with the overall looks of the bass, but the ironwood is dark red so it would look okay too. actually the ironwood is not like any other iron wood i have seen in looks. not sure of the species but has all the qualities of ironwood. my other question involves the finishing of my current fretboard. it is a flamed maple freted board and i am trying to finish it with minwax high gloss (the brush on kind) using foam brushes. i am hanging it from the ceiling so it dries right, but it is coming out feeling realy sticky and uneven, and not looking as good as it could. what am i doing wrong? will it lose the crappy feel if i give it a few weeks to cure? will it even out and look better with multiple coats? am i just using the wrong finish? would the poly gloss finish better if i was using a differant applying method like the wipe on, or spray? what would you suggest? i am open to stripping the finish off, and doing it again.