Fret lines and lacquer in a can.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Doctor Intrepid, May 9, 2019.

  1. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    I guess I'm venturing, in minor way, into some luthier activity. I have a fretless with an ebony board and lines. The lines bother me a bit, so I was thinking of getting some black lacquer in a can to cover the fret board. Is this a good or bad idea?
     
    EatS1stBassist likes this.
  2. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Check Stewmac, also some finishes take a lot longer to set or it won’t take the pounding. Maybe an ebonal stain followed by a clear.
     
    Doctor Intrepid likes this.
  3. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    Yeah, I check Stewmac and it looks like they have great stuff.
     
    EatS1stBassist likes this.
  4. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Check Stewmac! Maybe an Ebonal stain? Followed by a clear?
     
    Doctor Intrepid likes this.
  5. JoeDeF

    JoeDeF

    Apr 15, 2009
    I'd be surprised if the lacquer holds up; I'm guessing it'll wear away pretty quickly (especially with roundwounds, but even flats will abrade it).

    I'd probably use a good coating epoxy mixed with opaque black tint - there are plenty of threads detailing which epoxies do well at coating fretless fingerboards boards. I've used West System and System Three Mirror Coat or Clear Coat (I don't remember which; it has been a while since I did one), but searches in this forum should yield epoxy and tint recommendations.
     
  6. Doctor Intrepid

    Doctor Intrepid

    Dec 27, 2017
    Great advice. Thank you!