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Old June 4th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sanding a maple fretboard.

At the risk of asking a stupid question, how do you deal with the black dot inlays on a maple fretboard when sanding it?

Not sure if I can sand over them or if I need to cover them up.

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Old June 5th, 2012, 04:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've Got a related question about sanding a maple fretboard.

How would you sand in between the frets?
I have one I want to remove the poly and refinish it with nitro.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 06:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've Got a related question about sanding a maple fretboard.

How would you sand in between the frets?
I have one I want to remove the poly and refinish it with nitro.
I did this.


It's a PITA.


Stripping poly is not so difficult, but flatsanding/wetsanding/polishing/buffing etc between the frets after applying the nitro is fiddly and time consuming. And not easy to get a really good, flat finish.

The difficult bit is actually sanding consistently right up to the frets, so you get an even finish. It can also then be tricky with buffing/polishing to not have your polish gunked up with stuff off the frets themselves.

I started a thread on TDPRI about this very subject, might be helpful for you to have a look at:

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...P5xI4krdm2km2Q

(I think that's the link - TDPRI is blocked at my work, ST isn't.....so I can't look on TDPRI right now)
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it can be done,but like barbrainy said it is a monstrous pain in the behind. you will come to hate yourself for ever embarking on such a hateful, un-fulfilling,and physically painful chore. by then it will be too late to turn back, you must forge ahead. so-
remember those pink 1X3" erasers you had in school? they make excellent sanding blocks for AFTER you spray the new finish. wetsanding, you can go side to side, no scratches in the wood. getting the old finish off, you must go with the grain. the stripper probably won't do the job, you'll have to work to get that off.
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It can not be done. You can spray Nitro over top of the Poly. It will stick.
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I did this.

It's a PITA.

Stripping poly is not so difficult, but flatsanding/wetsanding/polishing/buffing etc between the frets after applying the nitro is fiddly and time consuming. And not easy to get a really good, flat finish.

The difficult bit is actually sanding consistently right up to the frets, so you get an even finish. It can also then be tricky with buffing/polishing to not have your polish gunked up with stuff off the frets themselves.

I started a thread on TDPRI about this very subject, might be helpful for you to have a look at:

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...P5xI4krdm2km2Q

(I think that's the link - TDPRI is blocked at my work, ST isn't.....so I can't look on TDPRI right now)
Thanks for that link. That was a good read.

The Above posts have me second guessing... Changing my mind about sanding the fretboard.

Maybe I can just spray the back of the neck and headstock and leave the poly on the fretboard.
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