Fretboard finishing questions

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Vince S., May 15, 2004.

  1. Vince S.

    Vince S. Resident Former Bassist

    Jan 24, 2003
    I am modifying/refinishing my old Hamer Slammer P-bass clone. I removed the neck, and defretted it. Then, I filled the fret "trenches" with wood filler, sanded it down, and applyed 3 coats of polyurethane paint. My question is, how do I get that "new fretboard" shine? Where it feels smooth and almost glasslike?

    Also, I am removing the paint from the body and repainting it. How do I get that glasslike shine aside from painting it the way a car is painted? I plan on sanding off the original finish, spraying on a coat of primer, then a couple layers of black lacquer. How do I get that smooth, glassy shine?

    Thanks alot.

    I ll post pictures when I'm done.
  2. Shiny finishes are usually a result of applying, letting it sit for long enough to cure, wetsanding, letting it sit, re-applying, etc. Finishing takes A LOT of patience and requires waiting. Try going to for some very helpfull info
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    If after priming, sanding, spraying, drying, ad infinitum,
    there is a need for more gloss, there is always glossy
    urethane clearcote.

    Future liquid floorwax gives a great shine on some surfaces as
    well. Modelers use it all the time on canopies, plastics and such. Try it on a scrap piece first [ paint scrap pieces
    when finishing so you have materials to test with].