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    Default How To Tint A Maple Neck and Fretboard

    Warning: the following thread is a guide to tinting maple necks with maple fret boards. The process involves some light sanding and the dismantling of a bolt on neck. This process was designed for, and executed on a Fender neck with a moderate polyester finish. I am not responsible for any loss, damage etc.

    but I am responsible for any awesomeness that ensues.






    A while back I decided to spruce up a circa 2004 MIM telecaster. While researching possible upgrades, I learned that one can tint a Fender maple neck with matching fretboard, with some shoe polish. After observing a few photos and reading success stories, i decided I could try it myself.



    You will need:
    -BROWN KIWI BRAND shoe polish, the type that comes in a tin.
    -an unwanted cotton rag or an old t-shirt.
    -Paper towels, toilet paper, or any disposable form of tissue.
    -Q-tips
    -sand paper (i used 220 grit, you don't want heavy sand paper!)




    I used the same listed above, except: I used a sock in place of a cotton rag. I also used gloves, since the process is slightly messy.



    Here's the concept: you remove all the hardware on the neck, save for frets. if it can come off, take it off. you sand the entire neck, taking care to not sand any part of the frets, or any area that is not the wood of the neck itself. this is done so that the shoe polish will have a nice gritty surface on which to cling on.



    Afterward, apply shoe polish to the neck using your cotton rag, shirt, or in my case, sock. I did about 5 coats. I just applied one coat, then went back and did it over again. no buffing in between.






    Like so.

    it's not very noticeable, but here's a pic.






    after i smudged it all on, I simply wiped it off with a paper towel.



    Now that the hardware is off, it's a good time to clean it.



    I dipped my tuners and string tee into some good ol' WD-40.






    Now, after sitting in place for about 20-30 min, with your family wondering what the hell you're doing, wipe off the that neck one last time and re-assemble it.



    WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN RE ASSEMBLING TUNERS. SOME AREN'T AS STURDY AS THEY SEEM, AND IF OVERTIGHTENED, MIGHT BREAK!



    now, re attach the neck and screw it in...



    and you get the finished product: a nice, golden yellow maple neck.







    one more time:



    before - After




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    Default Re: How To Tint A Maple Neck and Fretboard

    Not bad at all.

    I'd be concerned about the shoe polish coming off on my hands though ... or am I just paranoid?

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    Default Re: How To Tint A Maple Neck and Fretboard

    Quote Originally Posted by ratherdashing View Post
    I'd be concerned about the shoe polish coming off on my hands though ... or am I just paranoid?
    It looks great, but that's what I was thinking...
    "Everything must be black, like the storm of justice!"

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    Default Re: How To Tint A Maple Neck and Fretboard

    FuseG4's how to tint a maple neck and fretboard:
    materials:
    220, 300, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, and 2000 grit sandpaper
    Deft clear wood finish spray can (must say nitrocellulose as an ingedient)
    tack cloth
    sanding block
    wire coat hanger
    rag
    3M finesse-it II polish

    Take everything off the neck. You can leave the nut on.
    Block sand neck using 300 and then 220 grit
    hang from ceiling using coat hanger, wipe with tack cloth
    spray nitro. Light at first, wait 2 hours, another light coat, wait 3 hours and then a medium coat
    come back the next day, tack cloth, do 3 medium coats with 3 hours between
    next day, tack cloth, 3 wet coats with 3 hours in between
    repeat with wet coats until the can's kicked.
    wait one week. resist the urge
    lightly wet sand with 400 until there's no shiny spots
    wet sand with finer grades until you've sanded it to 2000
    rag, polish with 3m polish until it looks like there's glass on it. if you sanded well it should polish to a glassy finish with very little pressure and effort.

    reassemble neck, and play the crap out of it for several years. When you're done it'll be tinted.

    I'll post pictures when the 2 necks I've done are starting to yellow. I wonder who will be president then? Maybe the Playstation 4 will be out by then, or maybe the Dreamcast 2.
    Don't get your hopes up though, I don't know if they'll be yellow enough by the time the world ends in 2012
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    Default Re: How To Tint A Maple Neck and Fretboard

    Quote Originally Posted by SabbathFan0220 View Post
    It looks great, but that's what I was thinking...
    Not paranoid, but also not something to worry about! I've been using the guitar for a while now, and none has come off and stuck to my hands. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that kiwi brand polish is supposedly composed of a form of wax.

    As long as you make sure you wipe the neck down well before playing, and use q tips to clean areas like the nut, truss rod cavity and the inside of the holes for tuners, you'll be fine. I've gigged this guitar for about two weeks now. I've Been fine.

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