Did Boiled Linseed Oil ruin my Fingerboard? How much for New One?

Dan40

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I think it looks great myself. I like to use one or two thin coats of tung oil finish on my rosewood boards. It gives them a slightly darker, freshly oiled look that feels great when it dries.
 

Imerkat

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mineral oil is a waste of time, it doesn't seal or moisturize
I hope you moisturized the fretboard BEFORE you put the linseed oil on it, and I hope you were careful to avoid spontaneous combustio
I definitely did put a coat of Bore Oil before I applied it. Now I realize it's not as bad as it look right after i wiped the BLO but I have another guitar with a beautiful Indian Rosewood which this is also but it ain't looking like it lol
 

rockon1

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You know the more I think about it the more fretboard care is a bit overblown imo- usually by those trying to sell me their product, lol. Whatever I use "a little goes a long way" . Ive used various stuff over the years and neglected guitars/boards (not recommended) for years too while they sat unused, forgotten in their cases. Ive yet to have a board crack or frets loosen. Bottom line -a small amount of oil once ( maybe twice) a year is all that's needed. Ive used lemon oil, mineral oil and even baby oil in a pinch, lol! This years switch to boiled linseed oil Im really enjoying. My thought on BLO is if it dries its sealed- kind of like a maple board. Anyhow it leaves the board looking very nice and feels very nice while playing. I'm definitely not worried about it being "moisturized" and Im in good company too, lol.

From the Taylor web site:

Raw or Unfinished Wood The fingerboard and bridge on your Taylor are unfinished wood (most likely ebony) that has been conditioned with boiled linseed oil. Don't use any polish or wax cleaners on these areas. We use and recommend 0000 extra-fine steel wool to clean the frets and fingerboards. Mask off the soundhole to keep debris from falling inside the guitar, and simply rub the steel wool up and down the length of the fingerboard right over the tops of the frets. This will remove any grime from the fingerboard without damaging the wood and will also remove any oxidation from the frets, giving them a nice shine. Follow up with small amount of boiled linseed oil or our fretboard conditioning oil if the wood looks dry.
 

Imerkat

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You know the more I think about it the more fretboard care is a bit overblown imo- usually by those trying to sell me their product, lol. Whatever I use "a little goes a long way"
I concur but I would have to get a grip of my OCD. the rosewood didn't match and like most bright Ideas I have things were better off without them lol
 

rockon1

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I concur but I would have to get a grip of my OCD. the rosewood didn't match and like most bright Ideas I have things were better off without them lol
I wouldnt sweat it. A bit too much will wear off (or can be taken off) . On the plus side it does appear to have darkened the board.
 

Gevalt

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Dude.... how could your fretboard look any better? I would put that fretboard on a pedestal. Your descrip of the after is way off. It's rosy. Before resembles an import, or a baked maple. After looks premo to my eyes.
But I have had luck with 99% isopropyl alcohol, but be careful using that near lacquer.
 

unfunnyclown

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It looks very nice. Give it a few days and you’ll get used to it. Probably it’s just not matching the picture in your head, but that doesn’t mean it’s ugly.
 

bojocatkite

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It looks different (darker) but still very nice. If you were completely bonker, and I'm sure you're not, you could go nuclear and do a refret were the luthier would sand down (level) the fretboard and you would most likely be back to original condition (that way you could try another product directly on the guitar again). A fretboard replacement would be way overkill, like replacing the entire guitar :)
 
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Ive used lemon oil, mineral oil and even baby oil in a pinch, lol!
All three are mineral oil. The first and the last have scents added to them, but they're all mineral oil. True lemon oil is much harder to find and probably not good for guitars anyway.

Maybe once a year, each fretboard in this household gets a quick swipe-and-wipe of mineral oil (I use Olde Englsh "lemon oil", a $6 bottle lasts forever and smells okay for a few days). It's mineral oil.
 




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