A customer did some relic-ing himself on this Strat (purposefully making the guitar finish look worn or aged like an old guitar) but didn’t want to mess with the neck in fear of ruining the shape.
I stripped the finish off the back of the neck and sprayed vintage amber lacquer over the heel and headstock to give it a warmer vintage hue to mimic aging. A final clear coat over the whole neck sealed the raw wood on the back of the neck. After the lacquer dried I used 0000 steel wool to give the back of the neck a nice satin feel.
He should wear through the lacquer pretty quick in highly played areas giving it a truly worn in vibe.