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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    the attached picture in the last post I forgot to add is what I was talking about with the paint. That is on the fretboard.
    From the looks of that fretboard, you've been playing it much too much. Buy a new uke, and give that a rest.
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    Well, I completely understand. Let me say one thing really quickly. Just keep in mind I am not upset.

    As I mentioned before, I bought this ukulele more than 10 years ago. I have known it for a very long time. It's going to be difficult parting with it. It's like an old friend to me.

    I will buy a new ukulele, but it's going to be hard.

    I'm sure you understand my feelings.

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    Your fretboard was probably dyed black rather than painted. Stewmac sells india ink (the same stuff's widely available elsewhere) as fretboard stain and includes instructions on to dye a fretboard on that page. There are oodles of youtube videos demonstrating this on already fretted instruments .

    The same would probably work for the already fretted board, but masking and cleaning will be more difficult and more essential. Personally, I'd leave it as is and just consider it part of the ukulele becoming real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Your fretboard was probably dyed black rather than painted. Stewmac sells india ink (the same stuff's widely available elsewhere) as fretboard stain and includes instructions on to dye a fretboard on that page. There are oodles of youtube videos demonstrating this on already fretted instruments .

    The same would probably work for the already fretted board, but masking and cleaning will be more difficult and more essential. Personally, I'd leave it as is and just consider it part of the ukulele becoming real.
    Thanks for the advice. I actually had some of that stuff on hand.

    It looks a lot better now!

    Jared

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    Thanks for the advice. I actually had some of that stuff on hand.

    It looks a lot better now!

    Jared
    I'm a little late to this conversation. I have a rosewood fretboard that also shows wear between the strings. Whenever it gets a little lighter light that, I apply fretboard oil and it darkens the area to better match the rest of the fretboard. A different solution to a different problem. However, I always have some mixed feelings that maybe I should just leave it, as it shows it has been a well played and well loved instrument.

    Show us a new picture of how it looks all spiffed up!

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    15743605305197691469273486054076.jpg

    15743605908096673241615155487189.jpg

    Here are the pictures of my ukulele all cleaned up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    15743605305197691469273486054076.jpg

    15743605908096673241615155487189.jpg

    Here are the pictures of my ukulele all cleaned up!
    Nice job! It's always so satisfying to see projects like this.

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    Well done! It looks great. Yes a friend for 10 years would be hard to part with.
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    Paint chipping off the fretboard?
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    That's what I thought too. Somebody pointed out that it was actually a stain.

    Regardless, I got it fixed.

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