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Aging the back of an unfinished neck. Before/after Tru-Oil?

 
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JaminJames



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: Aging the back of an unfinished neck. Before/after Tru-Oil? Reply with quote

Just got in a new neck for a P Bass build. USACG knocked it out of the part, and about 4 weeks ahead of schedule at that, couldn't be happier!!

I'd like to very lightly give some wear to the back of the neck. I've seen some guys use diluted black shoe polish worked in to the grain to give it some slight discoloration. I'll be shooting for something like this neck, just a little bit of light greying/darkening. https://wildwestguitars.com/images/2/3787/fendercs-1956-rst-relic-blk-cz532851-nb__wwg.jpg

I'm wondering if this will affect the performance of the Tru-Oil. I plan to build it up fairly thick if that makes any difference. I suppose I could use a very diluted wood dye, as opposed to black shoe polish. I think show polish is some kind of grease base.

I'm not interested in the extreme discoloration from vinegar/steel wool like a lot of people use. Like I said, I want to keep this subtle.

If anyone has any tips on doing something like this with a Tru Oil finish, I'd love to hear them!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rubbed newsprint on one for the gray look.
A piece of newspaper with a B&W photo will leave dried up ink the raw maple as subtle as you like.
Too dark? Just sand it off easily.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Action-Cashin wrote:
I rubbed newsprint on one for the gray look.
A piece of newspaper with a B&W photo will leave dried up ink the raw maple as subtle as you like.
Too dark? Just sand it off easily.


I like this idea! Makes total sense! Did you use it on top of your finish or on the raw wood?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graphite works too. Either from a tube, like for door lock lubrication, or from a pencil.

I dirtied this one up with the side of a pencil in strategic locations, after tint and before Tru-Oil. He says it's the best neck he's ever played.



You can do graphite powder on an old sock on the back of a raw neck. Just go easy. A little goes a long way.
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