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Treating dark wear spots on a maple fretboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cigi, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006
    A few weeks ago I traded a lakland 4402.

    The bass has been played exclusively and a lot by the former owner for about 4 years. The fretboard is starting to show dull and coloured spaces from the wear.

    I maild Lakland and they answered me I should first clean it with orange oil, mineral spirits (or white spirit as it is called here in Europe) or Naptha (petroleum ether). Then I should finish it with a clear paste wax.

    What do you guys think? Is this a good way to clean and protect theze spots. I'm asking for a second opinion here. Not that I don't trust the guys at lakland, but i really don't want to screw it up.

    I was thinking of using white spirit (or mineral spirit as I can't find orange oil or naptha) to clean it, but isn't this to agressive to use on a maple neck? Then I was thinking of finishing it with a bees wax based furniture sealing wax paste.

    What do you guys think?

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