Well I've asked this question to no avail on other boards, but I just got a bass who's fingerboard (especially on the third fret around the inlay) seems to have some sort of hard (but thin) plastic layer, noticeable because it's got an air pocket and is peeling slightly. I thought maybe it was a covering meant to be taken off eventually, just so it didn't get scratched in the store or whatever. I figured you bass builders would know if coating the fingerboard is a standard thing to do, or what this mysterious substance might be? Can I take it off? Does it need repair?