Sanding And Finishing A Project Guitar Neck
Page Update 4/5/2015
How To Finish A Guitar Neck
How To Finish A Guitar Neck With Stain and Lacquer
It's a good idea to use masking
tape on the fret board if you you do not plan on finishing the fret
board. Apply masking tape to the fret board where you do not want
the finish. Make sure your tape is secure especially on the edges
and where the tape overlaps
- Wipe down the Guitar Neck in order to remove any
particles that may interfere with your finish of choice.
- It may be a good idea to use an old hanger or
something to hang up your guitar neck in your finish room. This will
make it easier to apply stain or lacquer without getting fingerprints
etc on the neck.
- Purchase a respirator to protect your lungs when
applying finish or lacquer on your guitar.
- At this point you'll want to apply your finish of
choice to your guitar neck. It's a good idea to apply several coats of
stain or lacquer to the guitar neck. Make sure the finish is dry before
applying more coats. Apply the finish to your preferences. Usually,
several coats produces a nice finish depending on the brand and choice
of finishing product.
- Some people say after 3 or more finish coats have
been applied to wet sand with #400 grit wet / dry sand paper. Just a
warning, it's still easy to sand through the finish at this point so be
extremely careful NOT to sand through the finish. Edges can be difficult
to sand as well and you must be careful here as well. Use your best
discretion whether you need to sand at this point.
- You will want to repeat finish application and
sanding as necessary at this point. Again, this is a matter of your
- Once you have applied your stain, paint, or
finish of choice you may want to lacquer your guitar neck at this
point. Lacquer can protect your finish on the guitar neck. There are
many options for lacquer. There are spray lacquers or paint on type
lacquers as well. Read the instructions carefully before applying
lacquer. Also, Lacquers have a strong smell to them as well so wear a
respirator when applying it.
- Now that your guitar neck has dried (usually 2
weeks to a month), you can now remove the tape and remove any excess
stain etc that may have gotten onto your fret board. Try scraping with
a razor blade, but be very careful as you can chip the fretboard if you
go to deep.
- Also, if you prefer an oil finish to your
fretboard, why not try some lemon oil on your mahogany fretboard. This
will bring out the fret board and remove excess dirt from it as well.
- I did not perform this process, but if you feel
it's necessary use #600 grit wet / dry sand paper and then #1000 grit.
Be very careful not to sand through the finish
- Buff your guitar neck by hand with a glossy
polish, and your guitar neck should be finished and ready to play.
*Any similarities to other guitar neck
designs are purely coincidental*
Please consult a guitar technician in your area if
your unsure about any guitar assembly or maintenance techniques. We do not
guarantee any results by using the process described above, please consult a
professional guitar tech if you have any questions on the process.
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