Fretboard dye

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  1. Dok Martin

    Dok Martin Senior Member

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    I suspect that the former owner of my R9 dyed the fretboard to make it look darker. You can see that the wood is actually a lighter shade around the frets. Maybe it's just dirt, I don't know.

    Now the question: how do I get rid of it? Lemon oil is no good. And whatever it is, it stains my fingers and the strings.

    I'd be most grateful for any kind of help. :)
     
  2. Sharky

    Sharky Senior Member

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    Disclaimer: don't make me responsible for any possible damage done to your guitar using my advices!

    If I were you, I'd soak a soft cotton cloth with a bit of an ammonia containing window cleaner and rub off the dye with this and a lot of elbow grease. It evaporates real fast and to my experience doesn't cause any damages but it will leave the FB dry and in need for a gentle oil treatement.

    I would even use any alcohol containing window cleaner, been there, done that

    Why do you consider lemon oil no good?

    Disclaimer: don't make me responsible for any possible damage done to your guitar using my advices!
     
  3. Eric Duane

    Eric Duane Senior Member

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    Windex and a soft bristle toothbrush has worked for me in the past.

    Don't spray the board, spray the toothbrush.

    Do 1 fret area at a time and try it it on the 22nd first. It's smaller and will hide a mistake better.

    Like the above post, mine is just advice as well. So I except no liability
     
  4. Tim Plains

    Tim Plains Senior Member

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    Naphtha?

    Greeks use Windex to clean everything but I wouldn't it put anywhere near my guitars.
     
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    pics would help ...
     
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    Naphtha (lighter fluid) and and old sock or paper towels will get rid of finger spooge, dirt, excess dye etc. Naphtha is not a solvent so won't affect plastics or finishes including lacquers and it evaporates quickly. Treat the board with a good-quality moisturizer like Fret Factor Fretboard Serum.
     
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    I am going to try this....the serum...

    Fret doctor works real well.
     
  10. Studio10

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    I recently tried gorgomyte fret & fingerboard cleaner. I bought a few of the sample sizes on ebay for a couple bucks. It works quite well for removing unwanted grime & buildup from the fingerboard and leaving it feeling clean & oiled. If I remember what I read it is a pure cotton cloth soaked with a blend of various natural oils. Whatever it is, it works & would probably leach out any unwanted dye someone may have applied.
     
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    I use the Dunlop Fretboard cleaner on a daily basis and it works like a charm. Just spray some cleaner on the board, leave it for a minute or so and wipe it of with paper towel. After wiping leave it for a few minutes and then apply the Dunlop Deep conditioner, leave that for a few minutes and wipe of the exces oil with a cloth or paper towel.
     
  12. Dok Martin

    Dok Martin Senior Member

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    Thanks for all the help, guys!

    Ultimately I used Fender guitar cleaner, a toothbrush, countless paper towels and lots of muscle work. Looks better now, that's for sure. Actually there's some pretty wood beneath all the dirt.
    In the end I'm not sure whether it really was dye or just 15 years worth of grime. :shock:

    @Sharky: Lemon oil was no good because I tried and it wasn't enough.
    @oldgtarz: Ordered. This fretboard still needs work anyway.
     
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    I'm guessing it was grime because, not matter what others may say, stain is not easy to remove from any sort of wood.
     
  14. Sharky

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    depending on what the former owner used. I think rosewood is not easy to dye because of it's natural density, so the owner applies much of the dye and doesn't wipe or polish off the excess. But that's just speculation, I hope it worked for the OP
     
  15. fretboarder

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    baby wipes cleaned stuff right up for me.. surely its gotta be safe for a guitar if its safe on a babies butt :hmm:

    just be sure to use a soft cloth to wipe off any residue afterwards..

    I use them on everything.
     
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    Please report back with the results after treating your fretboard with this...
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    I have to admit that even after my kids grow up, I'm keeping those wipes around anyway, because I use them for just about everything too.
    Except on my guitar. :)
     
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    I take the opposite approach. I find that used baby wipes do a great job of darkening the fretboard, although it smells a little funny. :hmm: :cool: :shock: :laugh2:

    Great minds stink alike! :dude:


    Frank
     
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