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Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by ronnes, Mar 13, 2009.
do you mask of the frets, or do you leave them unmasked and scrape them afterwards?
I asked the same question IIRC.
I sprayed over mine and scraped most of it off carefully. I still need to do some steel wool with the FB masked.
You can scrape it off the frets with your fingernails when it is not bone dry. - only dried fir a few hours
thanks! sorry for the double post
Masking the frets is unnecessary and unpractical because you will need to apply many coats. This will cause a build up around the blue tape and make it very difficult to lift off without damaging your paint or causing it to make little unsightly lines. After your lacquer is dry, you can mask off the fret board and buff the lacquer off the frets with steel wool.
If you spray over the frets and wait 3 days until you start sanding, then you should be able to just take an exacto-knife and scribe the edges of the frets - right between the frets and the fretboard. If the lacquer has not really cured then (takes weeks) then the lacquer will pull away from the frets pretty easily. The scribing keeps the the lacquer on the fretboard from getting damaged in the process - just use the exacto-knife to peal the lacquer off in long strips - it does not really stick to the frets very well at all.