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Fretless Maple Board

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by duckbutter, Feb 10, 2006.


  1. duckbutter

    duckbutter

    Mar 30, 2005
    Should an unlined fretless maple board be "finished" ?
    If so, what's the best finish to use?
    I was thinking of using a coat or 2 of Tru-Oil.
     
  2. yes.
    something hard and sealing.
    something harder and more sealing than that.

    If you just use an oil finish, it will turn grey and nasty in no time at all. Since this is a fretless with a (relatively) soft fingerboard, I'd look into some epoxy to finish it. Nice and hard, stays pretty, lasts forever.
     
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Yup. All maple finger/fret boards should be finished. They're fairly soft and soak up grime, so you'll end up with a really icky grey stained board.

    OR *hint* talk to Larry Davis in the Gallery Hardwood forum about getting a acryllic impregnated board...No finish needed and it won't wear very quickly.
     
  4. What he said! Best option, if you want to use maple.
     
  5. duckbutter

    duckbutter

    Mar 30, 2005
    Thanks guys, I will be looking inot that. I just hope the price is not too high.
    Otherwise, I'll try the epoxy route.