Originally Posted by rickyp
Wanted to buy a neck from Warmoth, but wanted to apply my own waterslide decal under the clearcoat. So, if I get an unfinished one with the nut and frets installed, put the logo on myself, then spray it, will it be good to go when it dries? Do I have to do anything to the frets afterwards, or do necks usually get sprayed before they have the frets and nuts in them?
Definitely with the headstock, you'll be good to go after just spraying over it. If you don't want the logo to have an outline, clearcoat it, then use light sandpaper and smooth it out to where the headstock is even, then clear again.
I would be hesitant to clearcoat the fretboard. From what I've seen, home fretboard clearcoats chip off very easily.
If I were in your shoes, I would clearcoat the headstock (necessary for the logo) you can steel wool it if you want a natural wood-looking finish.
And then depending on your preference, clearcoat or Tru-Oil the back of the neck.
then on the fretboard, I would do many layers of tru-oil until you get a little bit of shine. Oil won't crack and fall off like clearcoat does on a fretboard.