How to darken a neck's finish?

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  1. fuzzface71

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    Anyone? I wanted my neck to have a more tinted color.

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    I am getting in to get some ideas also. I have a 2008 MIM tele neck that is pretty light. Yours already looks pretty nice to me though.
     
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    IIRC, the darkening is due to oxidation of the wood beneith the finish. You should be able to hasten this process with the addition of extra light.

    Remember that light can fade things too. "Too much" fades, "just right" darkens.

    A tanning bed is "too much"...a sunny room is closer.
     
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    sunlight usually will darken maple
     
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    Hey Fuzz, wasn't that neck on a white body? I sent a pic of your neck to a luthier telling him I wanted that tint! I think it's just right, at least in the pics.

    It's funny how we always want what we ain't got!
     
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    Actually, when I posted this thread. I just bought my new strat (right) on line, but the actual question was actually for the one on the right! :D

    Now, the one on the left is actually more tinted compared to the new one! :D

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    I think the white one that you were talking about was this one?
    It's a different guitar.

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    Get outside, do some yard work, get all dirty and sweaty and stinky. Then go play the Strat for awhile - without showering first.
     
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    That'll do it but before you put the mower away change the oil in it.
     
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    been to several Fender relic clinics at the guitar shows, they remove the neck and use a mixture of naptha and graphite, naptha will cut through the finish, pretty easy to do actually and the graphite will darken the finish, wipe it off with a clean rag, will dry pretty quickly.

    use a rag and test it on a spot that does not show on the neck first
     
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    Does it evenly do it?
     
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    Naphtha won't cut thru poly.
     
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    yes its even finish, of course the guys know what they are doing, you might experiment on a cheap neck first, but watching them do it several times its pretty staight forward, and they have darkened several necks, its an easy way to get an older look on the guitar.

    that is right the naptha wont cut through the poly, but it does soften the top coats, so your getting the graphite to darken the neck.

    As I said I have seen the fender relicing demo and the graphite and naptha has been pretty standard, they have been using dyes as well with naptha, but finding a dye that stays dark is a problem, most turn blue or purple or some other color, graphite will stay dark so its probably better to use the first time, after you have done it a while you can experiment with the dyes if you want.
     
  15. K-Line

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    Best bet, take off that neck, it has a poly undercoat even if it is a nitro top. Get an AllParts LMO neck, basically the exact same neck (even made in the same factory in Japan), and get someone to spray the color you want. Then you do not mess up a nice neck trying something. You could I suppose overspray that neck as well.
     
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    I think I'm getting rid of the CIJ maple. What about the headstock and the back of the neck of my new seventies? Does these tint after years of use?


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