How do you keep Purple heart Purple?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rob17, Sep 4, 2010.


  1. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Holland
    I'm sure it's been talked about many times on this forum, but I just couldn't find anything about a purple heart fingerboard, which I'm planning on doing, and how to keep it purple.
    :confused:
     
  2. TomA1234

    TomA1234

    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    I've read somewhere that UV light destroys the pigment in the wood so a UV protective varnish etc. is probably a good start.
     
  3. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Holland
    Thanks Tom.

    Not sure if you can use varnish on a fingerboard.
    Epoxy is the word I often see when it comes to fingerboards.
    I have to dig deeper into the fingerboard building first, I think .
     
  4. renniw

    renniw

    Nov 30, 2004
    Lévis (Québec)
    On one of my builds, a few coats of oil varnish and it did the job. (or not)

    Edit : Will try to find the can to see if some UV protector is in there...
     
  5. Ruckus_Instrmts

    Ruckus_Instrmts

    Jan 5, 2010
    NEO
    Uv inhibitors don't last forever. Purpleheart will eventually turn brown. It may take 5 years(in a sunny room) or it may take 500 years(in a cave). Plan your color scheme for the future, if you expect your bass to last/live that long.
     
  6. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Holland
    :) Thanks, for the advise, varnish it''ll be. :D
    Today I made 2 fingerboard blanks from yellowheard, I think I'll do the same to them.
    Yellowheardfingerboardblanks003.jpg
    Yellowheardfingerboardblanks003.jpg
    Yellowheardfingerboardblanks005.jpg
    I think those will make some nice FB's. :p
     
  7. renniw

    renniw

    Nov 30, 2004
    Lévis (Québec)
    This gentlemen is right. I just saw the guitar this afternoon and it took 2 years for the fingerboard to turn brown :eek:... I guess my varnish didn't have the UV thing in it...:crying:
     
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