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Mick Reid
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Jul 1st, 2017 11:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just completed my first Tru Oil "gunstock finish" on a strat. I really like the result and how easy it is to work with.
It does take time to build up the coats (I did 20 over 7 days) but I had other projects on the go so it didn't feel like it took that long.

I know Alder isn't necessarily known for its figuring, but I think mine is interesting enough.
It's not exactly perfect book matching either but it works for me!

The neck was my from my first level & crown project from a couple of months ago. It plays nicely and the Vintage Noiseless sound great.

Over all, pretty stoked!

Alder with Tru Oil

TonyMan
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That's what she said!
Jul 1st, 2017 11:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks great Mick. I am getting ready for my first Tru-oil finish in a couple of days.

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Jul 1st, 2017 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks totally pro, Mick!

Nice work there.

Mick Reid
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Jul 2nd, 2017 12:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys!

Couldn't do what I've done without the help & encouragement from the gang here!

:^)

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Jul 2nd, 2017 02:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well done Mick! Nice piece of alder indeed!

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Jul 2nd, 2017 02:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good looking guitar Mick, job well done ;)

Mick Reid
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Jul 2nd, 2017 03:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks LRO. It's great that we can get Tru Oil here now. It think it's only been available for a short while.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 05:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is awesome! The grain in that hunk of alder is very distinctive.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 05:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice, Mick, very impressive.

Gaukdawg

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Jul 2nd, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice!

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Jul 2nd, 2017 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ooh, that's nice.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The stuff works well, beautiful wood, it looks great.

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Jul 2nd, 2017 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Really nice!

Mick Reid
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Jul 2nd, 2017 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks again.
My biggest concern is that, the Tru Oil is so easy to work with, I'm going to end up with a whole herd of "natural" finished guitars!

Not being set up for proper spraying (no spray gear, no heated/cooled shed etc) the Tru Oil is very user friendly and cooperates with what ever season. (it's currently "winter" here in QLD)

I'm thinking of trying dye on the timber before the oil next time.


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Jul 2nd, 2017 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder how tru oil would sit on one of the Warmoth exotics, like padouk, bubinga or canary. Sounds kind of sensuous (or is it sensual?).

Mick Reid
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Jul 2nd, 2017 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I wonder how tru oil would sit on one of the Warmoth exotics, like padouk, bubinga or canary."

If you do a web search with "tru oil on (insert timber here)" and click for images, you'll find a few pics. I couldn't find canary, but padouk and bubinga had a few.


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Jul 3rd, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

great looking guitar there----
how would it work over a hand painted body? or does it have to be on bare wood?

Cal-Woody

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Jul 3rd, 2017 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Your guitar turned out really nice and brought out the detail of the wood.
I have an early 80's Japanese Strat with an ash body that was refinished poorly and your use of Tru-oil seems like a good finish to use and bring out the grain pattern without it being too glossy. The current finish is some sort of poly and was applied badly, but what you've done there is exactly how I see it becoming when done.
Really nice work!

Te 52

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Jul 3rd, 2017 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just as an FYI, a very similar product is Minwax Wipe-On Poly, which goes on thinner, but dries faster. I use both, depending on the particular needs of the project at hand.

The Minwax is a bit easier to find, since it's carried by the major hardware and home center chains.

Mick Reid
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Jul 3rd, 2017 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Tru-oil seems like a good finish to use and bring out the grain pattern without it being too glossy."

It's probably a combination of poor lighting and iphone photo, but the finish *is* a high gloss.
It's as glossy as any lacquer I've used.

You can get a more natural or rustic look/feel if you use less coats. It also depends on the type of timber and whether you grain-fill or not.
Alder is a pretty tight grain, so no need to fill.

I'll try and post another photo that better shows the glossiness.

Te 52, believe it or not, Minwax products are hard to find here.
The Minwax FB page most recent post was 2015, and their "Where To Buy" website page still says "Coming Soon" :^(


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