Lighten ziricote?

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  1. jwade

    jwade Doooooooooom

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    Anyone have any tips/tricks to lighten ziricote? The fb on the SG 7 I built looked considerably nicer years ago, but it's pretty dark now.

    I couldn't find much info other than some knife handle forum guys talking about using wood bleach? I don't know if bleaching a fingerboard would be even a little bit safe. I'm assuming it would dry it out badly.

    Any ideas?
     
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    First thing would be to give it a good scrubby cleaning with denatured alcohol and a white 3m scotchbrite pad and see what you're working with.

    If it's still too dark, I'd carefully scrape a few microns off the top with a razor.
     
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    Just leave it, it'll only darken again.
     
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    Bummer!
     
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    I've used ziricote for 2 different fretboards.

    The first one I used Rubio monocoat to finish it and the dark parts look like ebony now

    The second one I used cirinova unicoat. And it stayed considerably lighter.

    Just some food for thought
     
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    Ive used oxalic acid made up in various strength solutions to help match/lighten various woods (no doubt it's what your knife scale guys were ref to rather than household bleach (which is also made with oxalic acid) ) if you've tried cleaning with naphtha to remove the grease/oils and your still not happy it's worth a YT search or getting some and doing a test yourself on some scrap to see if it can get you what your looking for.
     
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    You can bleach wood with diluted lye. I have never done it on a fretboard after it was finished, but I had some success with some birdseye maple that had some dark mineral streaks in it. It worked well as fretboards afterwards...but I dunno if I'd try it on a finished piece.
     

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