Hi, I would consider using a white enamel rattle can paint. I would add Shellac to the board and apply a wax.
i have done this but using a black paint. Depends on the degree of quality finish required on the neck, the grain will have to be filled before painting, if a smooth surface is required.
Speaking of filling the grain, does anyone use grain filler on Red Oak fretboards? If so, what? TIA.
Hi Carl, I have never needed a fingerboard finished to that degree. If I put any kind of finish on a fingerboard it would be Rock Maple, and that does not need grain filling. I've seen cheap guitars with a finish on them to make them look like ebony.
I much prefer bare rosewood. Not sure how that will work with Red Oak.
I would agree with Taffy. White enamel rattle can for the neck, and clear shellac for the fingerboard. Normally I use amber shellac on Oak, but clear would work just as well. I usually wipe it on with a foam disposable brush or pad, then wipe off the excess immediately, using the shellac as a sealer more than a finish.
I agree with Taff, rattlecan enamel is the closest thing to the old cellulose paint used on vintage guitars? Even better with a base coat of a quality rattlecan primer/sealer? Cheers :) keep us posted?