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Finishing an entire guitar in Tru-Oil

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by ChemicalBlues, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. ChemicalBlues

    ChemicalBlues TDPRI Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    New Jersey
    The best finish is no finish right?

    Anyone ever finish an entire guitar in tru-oil, and what was the outcome/difficulty/drying time....


  2. Keyser Soze

    Keyser Soze Tele-Holic

    Oct 13, 2009
    Johnson City, TN
    You might want to move this over to Finely Finished.

    A search over there will yield tons of threads on Tru-oil.

  3. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    albany, ny [not chicago]
    I have a buddy who builds archtops and actually sprays truoil. It's really very nice, though it doesn't seem to have quite the same perfect glass-like gloss as you can get with other finishes.

  4. jnepo1

    jnepo1 Tele-Meister

    May 31, 2010
    Sutton, Ma
    I finished a build w/ strictly Tru-Oil. Fantastic results. I placed 5 coats of Tru-Oil on my neck, w/ 1000 grit scotchbrite between every other coat. As for the body, 15 coats of Tru-Oil and sanding done the same way as the neck. The results are wonderful, really love the feel of the neck, a nice satin finish. The body I left it w/ a semi-satin finish that will eventually fade even more thru aging and wear.

    You will need to evaluate the look and condition in due time, as you eventually need to place coats of Tru-Oil in the future, as it does wear.

  5. TeleRichie

    TeleRichie Tele-Meister

    Feb 18, 2011
    Pasadena CA
    Got a neck and body drying right now, both have 10 coats of tru-oil. So far looks great, but taking a while to dry. Tried to buff, but did not wait long enough between the previous coats to let it dry, so had to stop and wait 3 weeks. Got that candy apple problem. Really need patience with this finish.

  6. steveintampa

    steveintampa TDPRI Member

    May 22, 2011
    Tampa, Florida
    12 coats and micromesh to 12,000 and it's like glass

  7. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011

  8. Big Steve

    Big Steve Tele-Holic

    Apr 24, 2006
    Both of my guitars built by Roman Rist were done in Tru-Oil finish. It takes a lot of work to get it to shine like lacquer, but it can be done. If you search around here and over at the Gear Page, the masters give out a lot of tips. The mahagony is was finished to look old. The yellow one took a lot more work to make it shine like lacquer. Guitars finished in Tru-Oil feel great.



  9. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    I just put two coats on my first guitar-that was about 8 years ago and it has no problems. Does not look quite as good as lacquer but it feels great and dried in a couple of days

  10. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    I did a tru oil finish on a guita I built, sold it though. To get the shine I must have put 25 coats on it with super fine Scotchbrite buffing between coats. It was easy in that you just rub it on. I guess it sinks in and keeps going. The final finish was hard and smooth with a nice feel.


  11. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Tele-Meister

    Sep 1, 2008
    the home of Greeny and Feelgood
    you beat me to it...

    Attached Files:

  12. Chris Winsemius

    Chris Winsemius Tele-Meister

    Aug 5, 2009
    Nice guitars!
    What's the function of the switch on the Junior type guitar?

  13. Bri-Sonic

    Bri-Sonic Tele-Meister

    Oct 9, 2010
    Warwick, UK
    I used TruOil on a StewMac OOO kit I built a few years ago. Wiped on with a cloth, about 15 coats, then flatted and polished. It looks like a mirror and has aged beautifully to a lovely honey colour. I flatted the back of the neck with OOOOO steel wool and its great to play. I've had students use it on figured timber and I don't think I've seen a finish that makes the grain pop as much!

    P1010056 by The Guitarsmith, on Flickr

    P1010058 by The Guitarsmith, on Flickr

  14. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Tele-Meister

    Sep 1, 2008
    the home of Greeny and Feelgood
    tone bypass - pickup straight to ouput bypass the tone pot..

    or actually if thats one of the first ones it may have a layered pup in it, kinda like a double P90, so in one position the pup is hot in another its normal, kind of an inbuilt boost...

    but they werent too reliable by all accounts and most have been replaced...

  15. GuitarPlayerAZ

    GuitarPlayerAZ TDPRI Member

    Jan 6, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ

  16. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 11, 2010
    Western Canada
    Tru oil on ash with dark grain filler and burnt edges


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