My Third Attempt at Relicing a Maple Fretboard

Ok, so I managed to get a spare ten minutes today to have another go at relicing a maple fretboard, hopefully this is a case of third time lucky.

On this third attempt to relic the fret board of my Aria pro II Strikin sounds, I decided to persist with using the acetone solvent to remove the stained lacquer, which will ultimately make the wear marks on the fretboard, but this time I went a step further than my last effort when I tried using the Rag dipped in acetone to using some cotton buds dipped in Acetone.

I found the cotton buds gave me more control over where I could apply the acetone, therefor helping to shape the wear marks more effectively.

Here’s the video… Oh, but before you watch the video I also mention in the video that I am trying a little experiment, which is using a UV light to help age the plastic parts. There are some pics below the video that will show you my little experiment.

Here’s the pic of the finished result… it’s the mark just above the Black dot between the A and D strings on the third fret.

My Third Attempt at Relicing a Maple Fretboard

My Third Attempt at Relicing a Maple Fretboard

Ok, so here’s the pics that I took for my little experiment that I mentioned in the video where I will be trying to see if using a UV light will help age the plastic pickup covers.

In this first image you can see that I have the pickup cover taped at the ends where the screw holes are, so that once I close the flaps on the box the cover will be upside down inside the box with the torch sitting upright on the bottom of the box.

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light Test

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light Test

This next pic shows you the cover isn’t going anywhere with the tape on the two ends and the flap being almost vertical…

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light Test

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light Test

This next pic just shows the light switched on…

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light On

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light On

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Last one, just an idea of what the box is like when closed…

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light On Inside a Cardboard Box

Aging the Pickup Covers Using a UV Light On Inside a Cardboard Box

So let’s wait and see how the UV light effects the plastic, fingers crossed it should work a treat.

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