#1
Hello All,

I am currently in the process of customizing a POS warlock into a work of art. It is Swamp Thing themed, and I am just about done with clear coating the body.

My question is:
What is the best techniques for staining a maple fret board with color? I thought maybe getting some dye to mix up, and maybe a little wood stain. I am aiming for a subtle, but dark, ascent of forest green to the maple finish.

Also:
I plan to potentially use metal paint on the guitar knobs, replace the pearl fret inlays and depending if I can learn how to anodize metal, do the frets as well. Does anyone have any ideas for this? OR if this is a bad idea? Thanks!

Picture here:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1488008_714958555248052_2641975878737036485_o.jpg

keep in mind this was the beginning stage. it is now finished and being coated
#2
Oooh, decoupage! That and macrame were huge in the crafts biz back in the late '60's and early '70's.

If you have a cleared maple fretboard, you're going to have to remove the clear finish. After that, dyes and woodstain products should be fine.

You're probably better off to look for already-colored knobs (they're out there) unless you're not going to use the guitar much (hang it on the wall?). But you can powder coat them... http://www.eastwood.com/powder-gun-promo-kit.html?fee=5&fep=26371&srccode=ga220010&gclid=CP699t21lsECFUdcfgodJKMAYg

It's possible to pull the frets and colorize them with a fairly simple setup, but the first time you do a bend on them, you'll have begun to scrape off the coating.

http://www.caswellplating.com/electroplating-anodizing/anodizing-products/anodizing-kits.html