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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-09-2015, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone refinished maple over those inlay stickers?

I'm considering picking up the tree of life stickers for a maple fingerboard guitar of mine, and really considering stripping the finish off the board, applying the stickers, and recoating with varnish/laquer.

Has anyone done this, and can offer some advice?

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Re: Has anyone ever refinished maple over those inlay stickers?

personally I wouldn't do a clear coat over stickers on a neck. I have done it on F hole stickers on a guitar body though. Are you expecting the stickers to be totally flush after the recoat? b/c that won't happen. I coated the body I did with 3 or 4 cans of clear and it still wasn't flush... close, though. And these stickers were 1/2000th of an inch thick. IMO just put the stickers on the board and that's it. Refinishing over them is opening a whole new can of worms. I have decal fret markers on a few guitars and they don't bother my fingers or anything.

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Re: Has anyone ever refinished maple over those inlay stickers?

I would advise against clearing over the stickers. There's no problems with the stickers reacting with the lacquer. The troubles would come in because you would have to use so much clear to make everything flush and level that it would probably start to interfere with the fret installation/dressing. I too have cleared over those stickers on a guitar body but to get everything flush took alot of coats, more than what you would want on a neck.

You best bet is to put them on normally and don't worry about clearing over them. don't worry about them bothering your fingers or interfering with your playing because they won't. I've used a vine & roses inlay sticker similar to the tree of life and I don't even notice them when playing. As far as looks go even being right up on them it's hard to tell they're not real inlays unless you already know they're decals.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2015, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Has anyone ever refinished maple over those inlay stickers?

but the guitar has itty bitty vintage fender type frets

i wasnt hoping for the finish to be entirely flush, i was hoping more for of a leading edge, because the frets are so little.
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