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post #1 of 6 Old 10-23-2018, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Guitar neck bleach, fretboard stain.

Hi, found some wood dye with penetrating stain written on it. After trying on a test piece, I decided to go with the ebony. I've done two coats and the third should be done by tomorrow.

I'm trying to make my guitar neck a lighter tone. I don't know what kind of wood species it is. It could be keruing but I don't know for sure. Should I use household bleach or go the hydrogen peroxide route?

Of course I'll smooth it with grain filler first. And finish it with tung oil. Clear coats just have an uncomfortable grip.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-23-2018, 10:02 AM
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Oxalic acid is the preferred method for bleaching wood.

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You may want to check out this article if you want a fast, non-glossy neck.

https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/334950
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Household bleach works pretty good on wood but you shouldn't expect too much from any bleach removing the natural color of the wood.

Be careful applying multiple coats of dye on. You shouldn't brush it on and allow it to dry like paint. There is nothing in it to bond to the wood and could cause an adhesion problem with the finish. I'm unfamiliar with those brand of dyes so I can't really say one way or another. You might do some of it on a piece of scrap wood and then briskly rub it with a clean cloth and see how much of it rubs off. There should be a little rub off but if it alters the color of the wood you have a problem.
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The grain in that wood looks awesome. I’d leave it the heck alone.

It looks like a strat or tele neck which are often maple. If your goal is to use wood bleach to make it look like maple, I think you’ll be disappointed.
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