Yes I did search. I have read everything there is to be read about coating fretless fingerboards. But here is the problem: I bought a new fretless a month ago, its rosewood fingerboard looked really dry so I put some raw linseed oil on it. Worked like a charm for a couple of weeks. Now the spots where I tend to put my fingers more often tend to lose color. Is this normal? I do have sweaty hands but hey, rosewood is supposed to be an oily wood! Should I put some raw linseed oil again or choose another coating? I won't do any epoxying yet, don't want to take the risk. But I have some fancy floor oil (which is linseed oil and alkyd resin mixture). Tried it on some scrapwood - seems to be okay. And it smells nice too Also, I would like to stain the thing a bit. I know potassium permanganate can be used for this purpose. Has anyone tried it? And no, I cannot order anything from StewMac cause they don't ship overseas.