Fretboard Dyeing Failed

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  1. mm66554

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    So I followed the instructions, put the dye on for an hour then wiped it off... I noticed when using a eraser on the inlays the dye around them would completely go... so I tried again and same thing... Then I tried a third time but left the dye on for 48 hours. This morning got some lemon oil so went to clean the fretboard inlays with a eraser and guess what? The dye came off again.

    Here is a pic:

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    I tried rubbing off non-inlayed frets to show the dye come off, it basically goes back to the original FB colour. Any ideas of what I should do?

    The steps I took were:

    1. Clean with white spirit. I also put some linseed oil on for 10 mins and wiped it off, dunno why just felt good. Couldn't find wood conditioner.
    2. Put dye on with cotton budd. I put 3 thin layers on, this as in no overspills would occur. I kinda "painted" it on with the cotton.
    3. Wiped/buffed and used eraser.

    Thanks.
     
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    Linseed oil is more like a varnish than an oil, and after applying that you're not going to get much dye to soak into the wood.
     
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    after putting linseed oil on you'll be lucky to get the dye to soak in at all, especially after letting the linseed oil sit for 10 mins. I weatherproofed my parents garden bench with linseed oil :lol:
     
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    :( So what would you recommend? Should I just wipe off all the dye and refret, then attempt to dye it again in like six months when the oil wears out or is there anopther way around it?
     
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    Maybe give the fretboard a light sanding to get the oil finish off, then try again on bare wood.
     
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    this was my first instinct too, but its something I personally would think twice about. afterall if you sand over the inlays theyll lose the glass like finish of the MOP and be covered in loads of little scratches, itll then take about 12 hours of sanding and polishing to put them right... plus itll be a bastard to sand around them
     
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    :agreed:

    Also, you may want to consider stripping the fretboard with a lacquer stripper. Though, make sure to find one that won't destroy your inlays. Read the back label.

    Then properly condition the board with pre-stain conditioner, apply a thick coat of oil based stain. Let it sit over night, and then clean off the excess in the morning. You should be able to just wipe off the excess with some paper towels, and that goes for the inlays as well.

    Actually, as long as you go over them with a little steel wool they'll shine right up. Worked for me when I re-dotted my RG7620, and didn't effect the pyramids on my UV777PBK. :yesway:

    You forget that they radius sand the fretboard with the inlays installed at the factory when they make the guitar.
     
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    wow, you learn something new everyday, didnt know they shined up that easily :bowdown:
     
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    Granted, it'll add about 15 to 20 minutes to the project, but it's certainly worth it. Especially seeing as he has the frets off, which makes it infinitely easier.

    OP:
    If you sand, use a radius sanding block, you can get them for fairly cheap in nearly any radius, and you can even make them if you have the proper tools. They'll also help you properly radius the frets.
     
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    I've been using 0000 steel wool and white spirit for the last half hour and managed to get about 70% of the FB to original colour. I sanded one fret with 400grit sandpaper - just the top layer, I think I might try dying that one fret to see if it soaks in. I hope the linseed oil didn't go deep.

    I don't have radius blocks or a radius guage to determine the radius. I do plan on buying some in the future, but for this project I just wanna get done fast since it's been 7 months now with no guitar, plus chances are if I'm buying guitar specific tools I'll have to import from somewhere and pay loads + wait ages.

    As for fret bending, I made a fret bander but It doesn't work well with pre-cut wire. I think I'll just clamp the frets in a vice and hand bend them to the right radius.
     
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    i dont know if this is plausible, however why dont you consider making it a flat fingerboard, or as Patrick Hufschmid calls it, an "infinite radius". that way you dont have the problem of fret bending :shrug:

    might be possible? not quite sure, but it doesnt sound implausible...
     
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    That would work, as long as the nut and bridge have the same "infinite" radius, or else the action would be horribly unbalanced across the strings.
     
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    so something like an FR would be ok with the "infinite radius" idea, but a TOM would be disastrous...?
     
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    Actually, FRs have a radius as well (usually 10" - 12" for OFR/LFR, and 17" for Ibanez), though the saddles can be shimmed to different radii. As for TOMs, you can gauge the saddles to follow any radius as well.

    In fact you can use just about any bridge as long as you know what you are doing, and have the proper tools.
     
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    yeah I knew about shimming FRs but not about TOMs. good to know, cheers
     
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    Good luck getting a flat radius locking nut. :lol:
     
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    Good thing they're fairly easy to make with a proper needle file, and some patience. ;)
     
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    What, you're gonna file the whole surface down? Filing the individual strings would make the locking nut useless.
     
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    Why not? You're only going to have to remove about 1mm or so of material from a 17" radius nut. The channel in between the teeth (where the locking nut pads grip the strings) is a uniform width, and from the nut I have in my hand (Ibanez 6-string off of an RG470) it's about 14mm. A quick check of some of my files shows I have a handful that will fit almost perfectly in that channel, with a bunch more smaller ones to use if I needed. As well as some very steep angled triangle files.

    I can only imagine a luthier or metal shop with significantly better tools and more refined methods could certainly make short work of the task.
     
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    Meh, could be fun.
     
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