Neck finishing help!!!!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Landyachtz, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Landyachtz


    Sep 5, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    Well, I began tru-oiling my warmoth neck today, and after my first coat I lightly buffed it with 000 steel wool, then I gave it a quick wipe with naptha. once I finished I noticed some of the frets looked like they had bled into the wood. The only thing I can think of, is there may have been a little steel wool left on the board when I wiped with naptha, and it dyed a little into the wood :crying: . Here is a picture of what it looks like.


    Is there any way I can use a small application of bleach to remove this? thanks in advance for your help. :crying:
  2. Landyachtz


    Sep 5, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
  3. callmeMrThumbs

    callmeMrThumbs Guest

    Oct 6, 2005
    Omaha, NE, I can't help, but I would recommend keeping your face further thatn 6 inches away from your my opinion, no one is going to notice, even if giving it a "proper" inspection. However, it's probably a personal thing, so I wish you the best of luck.

  4. Why did you wipe the freshly applied oil with Naptha? You likely broke down any of the oil that was going to go into the wood. TO is a "building" finish. In other words, it does it's work by building layer after layer of dried oil until there's a hard, varnish like finish. Then smoothing and polishing is done. Oiling and then wiping with a solvent doesn't allow for any protection at all.

    Those marks are unusual. They are in line with the tang barbs of the fret - notice how the lines on each side of the fret are staggered to each other just like the barbs? But I don't know why they would be there or how they got there. I'm not aware of any tool that would make this happen and it's not like the wood to react this way.

    And no, you can't "bleach" this tint out. The color comes from the natural amber tint the oil has combined with the wood color.
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Faggat aboutit....t
  6. Landyachtz


    Sep 5, 2005
    Tempe, AZ

    I understand how tru-oil works, I should clarify, it had already dried (4 hours in AZ, and it's really dry out right now) when I wiped with naptha. I did notice they looked like they lined up with the fret barbs, but I have no clue what would have caused it. I wasn't talking about bleaching out the amber, I was wondering if I can bleach out those lines coming out of the frets, it's not the metal, it's a discoloration of the wood. Any Ideas? Thanks for the response. :)

    Edit: I just realized the picture may not be too clear, the lines are a slight grey shade, nothing that the oil should have caused, and it only happened on a few frets. :meh:
  7. Landyachtz


    Sep 5, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    Yeah, it's more like 3 feet away you notice it. That and the fact that it's a AAA birdseye neck and board, and I will see it every time I play the bass, which will bug me. But if there's nothing I can do, then I'll just deal with it and learn my lesson for the next one. I guess that's how it goes. :)
  8. schuyler


    Aug 5, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    just a theory here...

    if the fret slot was a wee bit too tight, the barbs might have compressed the wood, making it denser and less able to absorb the oil? or if the slot was even tighter, maybe fractured the wood on the microscopic level, allowing more oil to be absorbed?

    i'm guessing here... but right or wrong, i'm not sure how to remedy the situation.
  9. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    I am pretty sure these marks are micro cracks due to the fret tang compressing the wood :(