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Lacquer / Varnish for a fretless fretboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Chris V., Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Hello!

    I just defretted by bass and I would like to varnish it because I don't want the fretboard getting all mashed/eaten up!

    So, what would be the best varnish to use? It's a rosewood fingerboard, so I have no idea if that makes a difference.

    Thanks everyone!
  2. Nobody?
  3. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    You need something with better protection, I like lots (30 or more) coats of Poly many people like Epoxy.
    You might try a search, this has been discussed many times.
    Good luck,
  4. I tried searching both lacquer and varnish. Nothing came up.

    I'll try with poly and epoxy.

    Thank you.
  5. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Yep that is my point. :)
  6. Adamski5


    Feb 3, 2012
    Hi there.

    I will be coating a fretless neck in due course, can you give me examples of poly or epoxy please, like brands or whatever?

    When I come to oil and varnish the rest of the bass's body, how many coats are recommended please?

    Thank you
  7. Search under *coated fingerboard, superglue, cyanoacrylate, CA, epoxy*
  8. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    System 3, West Systems, and Z Poxy are the 3 most common epoxies used for coating fretboards

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I just read at another forum someone used marine grade fiberglass resin. It only took one coat.
    Jaco used Petit's Poly-Poxy found in boat supply stores. I think Jaco put 7 or so coats with that epoxy.

    And of course if you use round wound strings, even the epoxy will have to be sanded down every so often to eliminate string marks.
    Epoxy should be a harder surface than rosewood though and the poly as well.