Coating a fretboard with the West System

Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:29 pm

This is after 2 coats, I was going to go with around 15 but I think this is enough. Great epoxy, no stink, no fumes! It should sound nice with half rounds, I'll update the thread after I string it up.
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:10 am

Why'd you stop?
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby Freddels » Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:46 am

What did you apply it with?
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby bigfatbass » Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:17 am

I'd go at least 1 or 2 more coats, and it looks like you have a little sawdust trapped under your first coat. Did you do the whole wet rag and air gun cleaning part before you laid the first one? You don't have to just raise the nap, you have to make sure that even the microscopic bits of dust must be gone to get a proper bond/bubble free finish.

Yeah yeah, I know, I'm a party pooper/finish nazi.


That is still gonna look NIIIIIIIIICE!
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:48 am

Freddels wrote:What did you apply it with?


I used a foam brush, a regular brush left brush marks.

I think very fine particles of dust left those little marks, even though I vacuumed it very thoroughly. I did all the sanding outside, used a vacuum outside then again inside, then used a dust cover that I vacuumed. I'll tell ya, it's tough to get it perfect! I'd like to know how Pedulla does it. They're pretty local so maybe I'll try to get a tour [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]

Gonzo, maybe I will put more coats on it..
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby Rob Francis » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:48 pm

It's looking great but you'll be even happier if you can break the dust code.
Were you able to blow dust with compressed air or just vacuum? Sometimes the comp air is more effective. AND hand wet towels (sheets are better) around the area where you are working to trap any stragglers.
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:38 pm

I used a vacuum and a wet cloth, also a blow drier afterwards, it lifts out air bubbles.
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby bigfatbass » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:25 pm

Please understand, that neck looks GOOD! We're only nitpicking for all of our own future endeavors, and may they all turn out as sharp.

It takes longer to dry before you can start finishing, but my guess would be a much wetter towel might get that dust out of the pits if you don't have easy access to an air compressor. Canned air is fey at best and those are very small pits we're talking about here. That stuff can barely blow the crumbs out of my pants, ERRRR I mean keyboard. Vacuums just don't cut it for dust removal unless you have the special heads for dust and a serious vacuum.

Anyways, the point is moot, the finish is on, and as I said already, it looks GOOOOOOD!
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:50 pm

It's a $300 6er, so no worries here [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif] a couple minor blemishes under the finish won't bother me. Looking at it from a few feet away I don't notice it, I used high resolution with my camera and really had to crop the pics to not take up the whole page. There's 6 coats on it now and it's looking pretty thick, so I'll now put about a dozen coats of turtle wax on it and string it up! It should sound a little more mid rangey. The reason I did this is I don't care for flats, I'll be using D'Addario XL half rounds .030-.130 These same strings dug into the wood slightly.
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GonzoBass » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:28 pm

I'm noticing some wear on the fretboard already with my fretless
and this is with flats,
so I was considering the Super Glue treatment,
but I am interested in how this turns out for you.
Especially tonewise.

Where'd you get this stuff and around how much was it?

I'd love to have me a Pedulla-like finish too!
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:59 am

I got it here, it was less then the local Marine supply store. 105 resin and 207 hardener is used for clear coating.

http://cstsales.web01.yourhost.com/west ... epoxy.html
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:47 pm

All ready to go.
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby ~lightwaveryder~ » Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:50 pm

looks great jeff.

when you get a spare second, you need to record this and your new custom !



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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby GLJeff » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:39 pm

~lightwaveryder~ wrote:looks great jeff.

when you get a spare second, you need to record this and your new custom !



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There will be a live video or at least live audio in a few weeks with me playing both. I just landed a killer drummer that we're refining things with. This guy is sick! Terry Bozzio meets Mike Portnoy. The fretless sounded great at practice tonight, more pronounced highs, mids and lows with the new finish. Seems much smoother to play as well. I've been meaning to record something with the custom but all our time has been working on originals and getting them down. This drummer has to be one of the best prog metal/rock players in the state, if not the best. Our heads are spinning just due to the fact that he joined us. Stay tuned [smilie=icon_wink.gif]
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Re: Coating a fretboard with the West System

Postby Sloom » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:06 pm

I'm going to be very interested in this turn-out. I have a Peavey I want to de-fret, and I use West System for my day-job. A 'notch-up' in 'tone' and maybe presence would be interesting.
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