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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.


littleuch
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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" :^(


hotblooze

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

Mick, where in Australia can you find Tru Oil ?

Mick Reid
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Jul 3rd, 2017 10:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No affiliation. Based in Western Australia.
Pretty sure they're the only ones in Oz.

here

Bubbalou

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Jul 3rd, 2017 11:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, definitely professional looking! Very nice job. That thing is gordeous

hotblooze

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Jul 4th, 2017 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Mick. By the way, that is an amazing finish. May just try it in my next build.

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Jul 4th, 2017 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've finished a couple guitars with Tung Oil. Anybody had experience with both finishes that could comment on the differences?

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Jul 4th, 2017 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tung and Danish oils are light (high in solvent, low in solids) and penetrate the wood grain. They are generally used to provide a thinner, matte finish on woods--when the goal is to maintain the natural feel of the wood.

Wiping varnishes like Tru Oil and other wipe-on polys are heavier (more solids and less solvent) to build a coating atop the wood. You can pile it on in successive layers over time, and wet-sand and polish to a mirror shine it just like a sprayed finish.

Leftee
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Jul 4th, 2017 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You da man!

Mick Reid
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Jul 8th, 2017 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been meaning to post these pics (for Cal-Woody) that better show the glossy finish with Tru Oil.
Finally got around to ti this morning...

It still looks better IRL than the pics, but you get the idea. (a pro photog I ain't!)

...shiny

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Jul 8th, 2017 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the post. It has helped me set my mind on a Tru-oil refinish for a Warmoth Tele body I've got in some exotic wood (some kind of wiggly grain). [Edited to add:] I checked: Lacewood it is!

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 09:34 PM, Jul 8th, 2017)

009
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Jul 9th, 2017 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Would you / could you entirely refinish a maple neck & fretboard in the same manner using Tru Oil?

Mick Reid
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Jul 9th, 2017 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Would you / could you entirely refinish a maple neck & fretboard in the same manner using Tru Oil?"

I have read about people doing entire maple necks with Tru Oil and have seen mixed opinions.

Based on my experience (first & only) with the body finish, it cures pretty hard but maybe not as hard as lacquer.
I'm sure you'll get more conclusive answers here from others (Peegoo???)

FTR, the neck in my photos is finished in lacquer. I had worked on and finished the neck long before undertaking the body.

Being a rosewood fb, I probably would have done the back of the neck without hesitation if not already lacquered.


Leftee
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Jul 9th, 2017 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Show us your result when you have it, tiller!

Mick Reid
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Jul 9th, 2017 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes tiller, I imagine Lacewood will come up an absolute treat with an oil finish.
Can't wait to see it!

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