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darker with time

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by the-woey-man, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. the-woey-man

    the-woey-man TDPRI Member

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    hi there. I finished this body a little under a year ago. It's about 14 coats of tru oil on sapele. It has darkened considerably in this short amount of time which is a good thing. Could this attributed more to the tru oil darkening or the actual wood darkening? The guitar is not kept in a case, nor in direct sunlight. I would be interested to see how other tru oil finishes have changed with time. Thanks. Joey WP_20170806_16_16_02_Pro.jpg
     
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  3. the-woey-man

    the-woey-man TDPRI Member

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    thanks mate! I Love the one on your little picture
     

  4. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Friend of Leo's

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    It's usually the wood, I believe. Tru oil doesn't offer much UV or color protection. I believe shellac is better for that. A trick also is to sometimes wet sand the finish during the first coats before it dries, and that kicks up wood particles into the finish which can help intensify and preserve color.
     

  5. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Whatever is making it dark, that is beautiful.

    Friend of mine built a guitar back in the '90s; finished it with tung oil. Played it for a few years and then it sat in it's case for 15 years or so in the back of a closet. Recently I was talking about what a great guitar it was, so he went and got it and took it out. The neck, which had been very pale maple, has turned a wonderful deep golden amber. We were all shocked.
     
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  6. the-woey-man

    the-woey-man TDPRI Member

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    interesting thank you! From what I gather some woods lighten with time and exposure while others darken so I guess this sapele is of the darkening variety
     

  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Tele-Afflicted

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    Here's hoping pine is one of the ones that darken...

    Nice looking guitar btw. Is that mahogany?
     

  8. the-woey-man

    the-woey-man TDPRI Member

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    cheers. I understand that sapele is an African hard wood often sold as "sapele mahogany" but it is not actually mahogany. I could be wrong
     

  9. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Tele-Afflicted

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    Well, at any rate it's very beautiful. Nicely done.
     
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  10. the-woey-man

    the-woey-man TDPRI Member

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    it looked like this originally WP_20160518_13_26_54_Pro (2).jpg
     

  11. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Tele-Afflicted

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    The Tru oil really showcases it and sets it off nicely. I finished my first build in Tru oil and was really happy with the results.
     

  12. the-woey-man

    the-woey-man TDPRI Member

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    its great stuff. Did you use it on the neck ?
     

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