Lacquering maple fretboard...same as body?

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  1. ppg677

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    No, you don't follow the same routine as with a body. For maple necks, you can just spray clear lacquer straight on the maple. No grain filling, and no sealing, required.

    Fender used to install the frets, and end bevel them, on a bare maple neck. Then they would spray the lacquer over them. Then level, crown, end dress, and polish, which cleared the lacquer off the playing surfaces of the frets, while leaving it on the sides. As such, finger oil and fret corrosion would tend to creep down the sides and ends of the frets to the maple below, staining it. Additionally, the lacquer on the sides of the frets was easy to chip during a re-fret. Part of the reason you often see "vintage fret jobs" went to a larger fret size: to cover up the slop of pulling the frets, and the embedded gunk.
     
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    Ok, will skip the sealer for the fretboard. Frets already leveled/crowned. I'll notch a penny to remove lacquer from the stainless steel frets
     
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    Or you might try masking the board, and brushing some liquid frisket along the top of each fret (then pulling the masking) before finishing. It will make it much easier to knock off the lacquer after finishing, so you can avoid possibly nicking your frets with a metal scraper.
     
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