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Mask fingerboard or not?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bass Viking, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. I just refinished the maple neck of my Carvin using tung oil and wet sanding to achieve a nice satiny smoothness and it turned out great. I masked off the fingerboard with blue painter's tape but some oil still seeped in under the tape. By the time I removed the tape (several days later), the oil had hardened on the ebony fingerboard and I had to scrape it off. A pain in the ass on a fretted board. :mad:

    My question is: is it better to leave the tape off and just wipe off any excess tung oil that gets on the fingerboard?

    I thought I did a decent job of taping the board, pressing the tape up against the frets with a metal ruler to get a nice snug fit, but some oil still managed to seep in. I didn't have this problem when I finished another neck with wipe-on poly.