Bought my first roasted maple neck - anyone just oil theirs?

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  1. rze99

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    Just thinking about Boiled Linseed oil as a finish for it. Anyone else do this? OK?

    Body finish will be trans white blond with a Bakelite nitro guard.


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    Instead of B.L.O., I went with a couple of coats of Tru-oil, which is just as easy to apply as linseed oil, but may provide a little more long term protection :).

    That was on a Warmoth neck (maple w/ziricote board). No oil on the fretboard other than the long edges at both sides.

    Easiest finishing job (if ya want to call it ;)) that I ever did :)!




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    Looks nice, I would also just apply a couple coats of tru oil.
    It will seal it and bring out a bit of that grain but still feel close to finish free.
     
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    Are you talking about Birchwood-Casey gunstock tru-oil?
     
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    Yes. Check the threads on how to apply, Small clean t-shirt squares, few drops on the neck and rub, smooth it out really thin is my preferred method.
    You can do that neck without masking frets etc.
     
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    K thanks
     
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    No probs, go really thin, basically rub it on and smooth out quickly as you go. I do front of headstock first, then sides and back working down. Might be best to do the fretboard a couple hrs later when the rest has dried. If you plan on applying a decal I would do it after the first coat has dried, they usually take a lot of coats to bury but you can do face of headstock only if you decide to do that.
     
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    Many thanks!
     
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    ...Q: How does tru-oil smell? Better than BLO I hope!
     
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    Tru-oil smells better (and less strong) than BLO.

    I bought that exact neck, rubbed in a few coats of tru-oil then smoothed out the back with micro-mesh. Now it has the feel of bare wood that's been polished by playing, feels great. There's more friction when my hand gets clammy though, compared to the maple neck I put 10 or so coats on, which had more of a gloss feel and got slippery when I had sweaty hands.

    You could still smell the baked maple through the tru oil for a month or two after, which was nice.
     
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    Thank you. The neck has arrived. Just waiting for the Tru-oil. Will post pics when I've done it.
     
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    I like tung oil on mine.
     
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    I use Danish Oil on all my necks... gets better with age... and you can get in a hardware store...;)
     
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    This is Tru-Oil on a Roasted Maple neck. This was only 4 or 5 very thin coats applied with T-shirt patches. As others have pointed out, it is very easy to apply and feels great to play.
     

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    I tested tru oil and tunge oil. I liked pure tunge oil better.
     
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    Do you mean 100% pure tung oil, or a commercial "tung oil" finish? They are very different.
     
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    Make sure you drill the holes for the tuners large enough. Roasted maple cracks very easy. Ask me how I know!
     
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    Great thanks for the tip!
     
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