Staining Laurel/PF Fretboard to darker color

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  1. nickmsmith

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    Anybody had any luck with this? Any tips? I would be trying this on a cheap Bullet neck, so I can tinker without worry of devaluing a nice neck.

    I like the almost ebony look on my fretboards.
     
  2. Tsjackson

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    You could try ebonizing it with vinegar and steel wool
     
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    Never heard of this un
     
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    I was messing around on a very light maple neck and it DEFINATELY works, I wasn’t a fan of what it did to the maple but I’d wager it’d darken the pf board to very dark brown/black.

    this is what it did to very pale maple

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    how did you prep the wood? How did you prep the vinegar/steel wool combo? I've done it before, but it was highly unscientific. kinda eyeballed the solution.
     
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    Here’s my recipe:

    Depending on the natural tannins content of the species in question...

    put some wire wool in some white vinegar and put it near a window or outside under cover. Don’t put a lid on whatever receptacle you use and leave it for at least 12 hours, I left it 24.

    shove three Teabags in some hot water and just leave it for an hour or so... till it’s cold.

    I applied the cold black tea with a spray bottle but a brush is fine, brush the tea onto the timber wanting to be darkened and leave it to dry.

    once it’s dry add the vinegar that has had the wire wool in it, again I used a spray bottle but a brush is fine.

    The reaction might not be instant, it could take as long as it takes to dry to fully darken, but some timber it happens instantly.

    repeat as necessary to achieve desired colour
     
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    Hi, @nickmsmith -Buddy

    Would Stew-Mac maybe have a dye suited for fretboard?
     
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    This guy did a nice job

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    That's just a pic, but look it up.

    IDK how to link.
     
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    Wood stain and leather dyes have been used for much longer than any of us have been alive.
     
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    Just copy the link and paste it in your post. Cheers!
     
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    Sure does. And minwax has a lot of different stains/finishes. The example there was ebonizing a RW board, but I wonder is one of their other shades, (I liked using their golden oak on furniture refinishes), might look good on a maple board....
     
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