What is your favorite finish for a pine guitar?

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  1. straightlbues

    straightlbues TDPRI Member

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    I am building a pine tele and am wondering what the best finish would be. I know pine is soft so I was thinking of just oiling it. Have you guys had problems with the paint on pine? Have you had good luck with tung oil or Tru-Oil?
     
  2. Mike Simpson

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    I have done nitro over shellac and nitro shoreline gold. I have no problems with either one but I carry my guitars in a gig bag and I don't drop them.
     
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    This copper metalflake in poly is pine too.

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  4. Milspec

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    Nitro and polish here
     
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    find some old pine.. some of that that can be pretty hard...;)
     
  6. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    All my telecasters are pine. I've finished 3 bodies in Tru-Oil (with a couple coats of Birchwood-Casey Sealer/Filler to start, then between 4 and 30 coats of Tru-Oil, depending on the build). You can get anything from a rustic matte finish to semi-gloss to gloss depending on how many coats you put on and how good you are at wet-sanding. I really would like to try shellac on a future build.
     
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    I used Tru-Oil and added a little amber tint. It looks VERY nice with a high gloss finish.
    I sold the guitar and don't have a pic.
    I was extremely pleased with the finish.

    Mark
     
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  8. EsquireOK

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    I like a nice, thin traditional nitro lacquer directly on the pine, with no sealer. It breaks in so nicely.
     
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  9. MrYeats

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    Be sure the pine is very kiln dried or it will seep and nothing will stop that except maybe a very hard sealer.
     
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    I built four guitars out of hundred year old Ponderosa pine and finished them in Tru-Oil.

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/four-little-barncasters.864983/

    normally I don't use Tru-Oil, I prefer nitro on a guitar build out of "good" wood, but the oil finish seemed to be a bit more "organic" - it doesn't have the gloss of nitro but it seemed to fit the guitars. I've also learned that Tru-Oil is not necessarily an easy finish - it takes many many very thin coats and a very long drying time
     
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  11. TRexF16

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    I'd recommend a shellac coat to make sure all pine resin is sealed off well and then you can put whatever you like over the shellac. I have only used Nitro lacquer over shellac on my pinecasters but anything should be able to stick over shellac.
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  12. El Tele Lobo

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    I've only used Tru-Oil, but I like it...

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    Scorched and oiled?
     
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    That’s a great band name!
     
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    Yup...on the Esquire.
     
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    What do you mean by "the paint"? You're getting quite a few answers but they're based on very unclear information.

    FWIW "paint" usually means either oil or water-based enamel or water-based flat. Some coat guitars with those, but they are not the most suitable (or durable) guitar finishes.

    "Lacquer" and "polyurethane guitar finishes" are not called "paint" as the term would be confusing. They're called by what they are.

    So some definition of your terminology is needed to answer your question - although you can search this forum and use Google to get answers - and more detailed information regarding application of coating systems. for example - "lacquer" usually requires at least 4 coating products for an opaque finish - sanding sealer; primer (sometimes the sealer can be omitted, depending on the wood itself); several coats of opaque lacquer, applied in very light coats of 3 passes each; and the same of clear lacquer. No sanding is done except of the sealer and/or primer and last clear coat (the clear ONLY if not smooth and even).

    But no matter WHAT you decide to use you should apply the entire system (including all preparation and final polishing) on scrap wood BEFORE starting on the actual guitar body. Learn how the products work and dry, solve problems, refine application techniques and basically do all your learning on scrap - THEN work on the guitar.

    Practice application will save you a lot of time, money and headaches.
     
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  18. BryanLB

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    Just finished this guitar. First pine sounds great.

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