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Ash Partscaster with TruOil Finish

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by NICQ, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. NICQ

    NICQ TDPRI Member

    42
    May 15, 2017
    Vienna/Austria
    Finished a Partscaster with Tru oil - really like how it turned out

    Swamp Ash body from guitarbuild.co.uk (1 piece)
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    Pores filled:
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    Applied Red Mahagony Stain:
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    One thick coat of Birchwood Casey Sealer
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    First Coat of Tru oil
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    After several coats I started sanding with 600 grit
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    moved onwards to 800grit
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    applied a thin coat every day and sanded with 1500 [​IMG]
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    After letting the Tru Oil cure for 2 weeks I finally assembled it

    Fender MiM Tele Neck
    Fender Bridge & Tuners
    Fender CS '51 Nocaster Pickups


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    Turned out great!

    The Tru Oil Finish is almost mirror like - you can see very thin streaks and I think I could try and spray a thin last coat but to be honest I'm totally happy how it looks now :)
     

  2. john kleeman

    john kleeman Tele-Holic

    633
    Jun 16, 2010
    Portland, Or.
    Great looking tele! That finish is fantastic. Looks like Harrison's rosewood tele but without the annoying weight.
     
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  3. Bruxist

    Bruxist Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    Looks great! Almost like a rosewood tele!
     

  4. AnAxeNamedBeverly

    AnAxeNamedBeverly Tele-Meister

    Age:
    39
    307
    Jan 6, 2017
    SC
    Beauty! I'm doing my 1st tru oil finish right now. I've got almost half of an 8 oz. bottle on it and I'm already pretty happy with it. I'm just not sure if I'm going to hit it with gunstock wax or Meguiar's or what. Sure is fun though:)
     

  5. S00NERMAN

    S00NERMAN Tele-Meister

    272
    Jan 7, 2016
    Pratt,KS
    I have also used TruOil with good results. Found that on a guitar body the stuff in the spray can is easier to work with as it allows a longer working time before it tacks up than the bottled stuff does.
     

  6. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    290
    May 2, 2017
    Tulsa, OK
    Beautiful work. Did you sand wet or dry?
     

  7. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jan 22, 2007
    Mid-Michigan
    Very nice. I refinished my old deer rifle stock with TruOil and it turned out well. The stuff is kinda fun to work with & I just rubbed/dried/sanded and repeated.
     

  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Really nice, looks like my guitar's young cousin!
    Mine is one piece, too.
     

  9. NICQ

    NICQ TDPRI Member

    42
    May 15, 2017
    Vienna/Austria
    Thanks for all the replies!
    funnily enough I didn't really go for the rosewood look intentionally, I was aiming more towards a darker wine red, but the Tru Oil's amber tint took it into rosewood territory (brown shade) - but I love how it looks now :)


    Yeah from what I read they thin it down otherwise you couldn't spray it.. it's more liquid and levels better than the thicker stuff in the bottle (I wanted to try that as a final coat - should be a more even surface than applied with rag/fingers)
    I think you can do it yourself with acetone or mineral spirits but somehow I think this should make it harder to work with (solvents evaporates quicker?)


    I did dry sand - dunno why but my feeling just said to dry sand.. a thin Tru Oil coat still feels a bit more "gummy" and not totally like glass or lacquer after letting it dry for 5-6 hours... didn't like the idea of wet sanding... I used a lot of sanding paper but it worked great - I don't think I would try doing it otherwise...
     

  10. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    290
    May 2, 2017
    Tulsa, OK
    Thanks for replying. I'm in the middle of a Tru Oil finish (pinecaster) and am getting the same vibe. I'm anxious about sanding through; so far I'm using the gray Scotch Brite pad lightly between coats, but at some point I need to level the finish. I'm about 9 coats in, but it still seems thin. I'll do a couple more coats, skip a day, then try some 600 or maybe 800.

    Thanks again.
     

  11. NICQ

    NICQ TDPRI Member

    42
    May 15, 2017
    Vienna/Austria
    I sanded through on one spot but luckily could fix that with stain and a Q-tip.. man that was a moment of shock ;)

    What I learned from that: be careful especially around the edges of the body as this is the spot most likely for sanding through..

    And do not apply pressure to the sanding block at all - I have one made of some kind of rubber but it's weight alone is enough.. just move it sideways, no pressure on the surface.

    Good luck and post some pics when the guitar is finished!
     
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  12. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    290
    May 2, 2017
    Tulsa, OK
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    Bad light, but you can see the orange peel. I just need to take the leap to sanding.
     
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  13. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    290
    May 2, 2017
    Tulsa, OK
    @NICQ, thank you again for your advice and good example. My project is moving in a good direction thanks to your help. I sanded with 800 and 1000, then applied another coat. Looking better already. I'll work up to 1500.l

    On a hunch, I tried something that made a big difference; I put a thin piece of closed-cell foam between the rubber block and the paper. It softened the feel and made the work smoother.

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    I have a ton of this stuff after cutting open a flotation vest from Walmart. The vest was about 20 layers of this.

    (A doubled-over piece of closed-cell foam makes a great bass mute, too, if you want that thumpy Motown sound.)
     
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  14. NICQ

    NICQ TDPRI Member

    42
    May 15, 2017
    Vienna/Austria
    Finished a Telecaster build with stain and Tru oil


    here's the whole process:

    Swamp Ash body from guitarbuild.co.uk (1 piece)
    [​IMG]


    Pores filled:
    [​IMG]


    Applied Red Mahagony Stain:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    One thick coat of Birchwood Casey Sealer:
    [​IMG]


    First Coat of Tru oil
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
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  15. NICQ

    NICQ TDPRI Member

    42
    May 15, 2017
    Vienna/Austria
    After several coats I started sanding with 600 grit
    [​IMG]


    moved onwards to 800grit
    [​IMG]


    applied a thin coat every day in the morning. let it rest 'til the evening, sanded with 1500grit and tru oiled again
    [​IMG]
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    After letting the Tru Oil cure for 2 weeks I finally assembled it

    Fender MiM Tele Neck
    Fender Bridge & Tuners
    Fender CS '51 Nocaster Pickups

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Turned out great!

    The Tru Oil Finish is almost mirror like - you can see very thin streaks and I think I could try and spray a thin last coat but to be honest I'm totally happy how it looks now :)



    >> sorry for bump but my pics got "lost" on photobucket - moved them to imgur now..
    Couldn't figure out how to edit the first post?
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
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  16. ukepicker

    ukepicker Tele-Holic

    656
    Oct 15, 2013
    East Texas
    Nice work! Your patience and diligence aid off well.
     

  17. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Holic

    Age:
    57
    806
    Jan 4, 2017
    Wales
    ooo - that's lovely, that is. It's got a 'Rosewood Tele' vibe to it.
     
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  18. spartan warrior

    spartan warrior Tele-Meister

    That looks really, really good, well worth the time and effort.

    I'm currently about 3/4 of the way through the same process on the guitar I'm building at the moment. If it looks this good at the end I'll be very happy! :)
     

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