Stew-Mac fretboard dye? (black rosewood boards)

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  1. lv

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    That's too dark, black, not a good choice for rosewood. Those old fretboards have years of dirt and oil. Having said that you Can use a dark stain as above and steel wool or wipe down with naptha or similar to achieve a darker color but you should experiment on a scrap piece first.
     
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    The dye that Stew-Mac sells is the Fiebing black leather dye. Fiebing also has several shades of dark and medium brown in addition to black. Eventually the dye will stabilize and stop rubbing off on your fingers. I did a Les Paul about 5 years ago and it still looks great.

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    FVB,

    Thanks for the info.

    Which shade did you use?
     
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    Here's what I'm talking about, not ebony, it is rosewood (though brazilian).

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    Rosewood naturally darkens with age (oxidation along with dirt and oil). I've used the Stew-Mac dye with reasonable results. Black rosewood still doesn't look like ebony... ebony doesn't have open grain.
     

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