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Painting a fingerboard

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by meateater540, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. meateater540


    Oct 12, 2005
    I want to repaint my finger board...black. Or maybe just darken it with a stain. Im just wondering if theres anything i can put overtop of the paint in order to keep the paint/stain from rubbing off?
  2. incubus2432


    Mar 21, 2002
    Grafton, Ohio
    It shouldn't be an issue since the strings ride on the fretwire. The fretboards on Rics are painted and they hold up great.

    I had the fretboard on my Ric 4004 Laredo painted black a month ago and there are no signs of wear after plenty of use.

  3. i would use a stain, stewmac and LMII both have a violin stain for evening out the color of ebony.

    try that stuff, and just remember, a little bit goes a long way, its VERY concentrated. Since stain penetrates the wood more, unlike paint witch is a coating, even with wear the color will hold up much much better.


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