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Relic Dark lines or area in front and behind frets on maple fingbrds

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by frets, Jan 22, 2018.

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  1. BryMelvin

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    If you are trying to make the typical grey weathered/dirty maple stain (also used for fake driftwood, barnboard etc)/

    You make it with steel wool and vinegar.
     
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    I think the look cs is going for is grime next to the fret which is not easily cleaned(it looks like they burned it in so it won't come off) try some dark furniture wax(or shoe polish)applied to the fretboard making sure to get it next to the fret,then lightly rub off. This may give you that look but is also reversible
     
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    Don't you need to have some tannins in the wood for that method to work? So if it isn't oak, you might add some tea first then let the iron oxide react with that? [I've never tried it on maple].
     
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    If you're using a wire-brush or other Dremel attachment to make the fingernail marks by removing the lacquer, wouldn't that also work to remove the finish near the fret? possibly with a fret-guard to minimize how far out it extends? Then discolor it the same way as the nail marks. just thinking out loud. problem there is you're removing finish instead of simulating buildup - so I'm starting to like the air-brush idea and whatever you apply you can strip it back if you don't like it.
     
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    Breaking news: Thread on how to relic quickly turns into anti relic thread.
     
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    Use some 150 grit sandpaper and use the tip of your finger to make those wear spots. Use some WD40 with a little rag and wipe on. It will slowly darken. I also did a brown shoe polish that I mixed into the WD40 to speed up the process.
    Remember you are only removing the top coat. Don’t gouge the fretboard.
     
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    not saying to use steel wool on the neck. I make a barnboard stain for frames for my artwork by soaking steel wool in a jar of vinegar you end up with a stain for the wood.

    I've also used W&N oil paint, carbon black +paynes grey and turpetine to make a barboard/driftwood stain.

    Disclaimer: I have only ever built one mildy reliced guitar and did not relic the neck. I figured the guy would be happy with my lightly shellacked neck as he plays it for hours daily.It now looks just right.
     
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    Moisture, cleaning compounds, solvents and decades of other schmutz can soak into the bare wood in the fret slots and stain adjacent areas. Depending on the player/owner(s) there may be none or an instrument can look like the example - or worse.

    I've worked on dozens of 50's Teles and Strats and it's very common.
     
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    On an old guitar that's been refretted, then those dark lines next to the fret could be dirt picked up by the maple 'cause the finish there was pulled up when pulling the old frets.
     
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    That part's not wear, that's grunge. Rub boogers and sweat and mouse turds in there.
     
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    Jesus! the guy asks a simple question and there come the outpour of unsolicited opinions. Either you know how to do it or you don't. I happen to love relics and that grime along the frets in particular, I asked my luthier and guitar builder Joe Jesselli and he said that is usually accomplished by lightly staining the bare wood around the frets and then clear coating over. I tried different methods on different necks without any success prior to that.
     
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    Sorry to resurrect this old thread. What the OP is asking about is call "fret ghosting" by the Custom Shop. Yes, it's to make the fretboard look old like years of built up grime. It's not well documented, like other things you might find on the Floor Traveler. I have yet to find anyone who can explain to me what a "George Blanda perimiter [sic]" is.
     
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    I’ve done what the OP is looking for, probably a little late now though. I take dark brown kiwi shoe polish and rub it on the fret board and quickly wipe it off leaving the built up junk along the fret. This will give you the amber stain line along the fret.

    Then take black kiwi shoe polish and do the same thing, but leave a bit along the fret and it will harden like dirt. Looks pretty much like my custom shop Nocaster I had at the time.
     
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