Anyone do straight Tru Oil on a Pine Body and Maple Neck?

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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Results? Pictures?

    I could swear I've seen posts of people using nothing but. I'm getting recommendations to uses sealers, shellac, pop the grain with this or that. It's getting ridiculous. I took a week off work and I've yet to get started. I'm a cold newb to finishing and I'm not sure I'm up to tinting the tru oil, mixing down shellac flakes (the canned stuff i bought with an amber tint turns out to be waxed. Some people say this is fine and others say you can't put another finish over it. Getting frustrated. Some say use a sealer coat and others say just use Tru-Oil.

    I've seen videos of people using just Tru-Oil online so I know it can/has been done, but I'm getting paralyzed with too many choices. I with with TO originally to simplify. I don't have a spray ability and live in florida, where the humidity is currently around 60%.

    Someone speak some sanity to me? This is getting comical. I took this week off work to get this underway. Took a day to clean and gather supplies and the last several days doing last minute research and it's thursday and I've yet to really start. Beginning to feel a little foolish. Sorry. Frustrated. :D
     
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    This is the shellac I bought...

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  3. El Tele Lobo

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    BTW...I have been testing both the shellac and the Tru-oil (and combinations thereof ) on scrap pine...so maybe I'll figure this out eventually.

    Need to take the advice in my signature...:p
     
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    I have not done straight tru oil but you certainly can. It is also comptible with a shellac sealer. Don't be paralyzed. Nothing you do with this stuff is likely to be irreversible and TO is very forgiving.

    It depends on how glossy you want to get. If you're not looking for high gloss you can go straight TO. First coat can be generous (but wipe off excess) then wipe on thin coats and wipe off excess until you're happy. If you want more gloss the sealer will keep the TO from soaking in so much so it will build faster. But really it's going to be a matter of going until it looks the way you want.

    That amber shellac is very yellow. Might not be want you want. Try on a test piece. You don't need tint if you don't want and even TO or clear shellac will darken it up some.
     
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    I used a propane torch on my Pine amp cab and then Truoil on top.
     

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    Thanks, Richa. Yeah...I'm looking at my test pieces and finding the shellac very yellow heading toward orange in multiple coats. I've heard and seen that TO can add some amber, just not sure how much it will be over time as it cures. I'd rather go conservative than have a big orange monster.
     
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    That looks sexy. Seen it done before on bodies. I'm not sure i'm that brave yet...haha...but one day.
     
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    One caution. The reason you want thin coats of TO is because it won't stand much sanding (maybe light sanding every few coats with 1200). It will burn through the top layer and leave a witness line. The coats do not melt together. If you are not looking for high gloss this will be adequate. Or if you want gloss but don't care about a dead flat (mirror) finish. But if you do want high gloss and dead smooth shellac is easier to build up and sand level. Then do topcoat with TO. Honestly with maple and pine you're not filling grain so trying it on a test piece like you're doing will tell you everything you need.
     
  9. El Tele Lobo

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    Yes...read about this...and would like to avoid that little problem. I'd prefer to save the witness lines for monday night evangelism team. :D

    Not really planning to go very high-gloss I don't think. Semi-gloss maybe. IDK..was going to go until it looked good to me. Assuming I get started. It's just impatience. And I have to conquer that b/c I have to take my time to do this right.
     
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    this is the zinsser of choice...100% wax free..can put almost anything over it..or use it as a finish itself



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    cheers
     
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    Will this give you a gloss?
     
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    The body is straight Tru-Oil on ash, so it will be a bit different for pine. This is 5 coats and I didn't fill pores or get into any intense buffing. I really didn't want to and didn't see the need. I also had the neck done with tung oil on this one, but I have done a different all maple neck in Tru-Oil on top of a poly sanding sealer. It also turned out great IMHO.
     

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    Thanks Lammie. Yeah, mine will probably be lighter. The pine is very white. But I don't mind that. Happen to have a shot of that tru-oil maple neck handy?
     
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    The guitar in my avatar is finished with Tru Oil only but the body is paulownia wood which is quite soft
    and light which is what I wanted. The neck had more coats than the body and was smoothed with fine
    wire wool between coats. The body is holding up very well and I would certainly recommend Tru Oil
    for a nice natural finish.
     
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    Just remembered that I first used a wood stain as the body was very pale.
     
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    I don't have a shot of the neck handy, but it really looks like every other neck that you have probably seen. I like using Tru-Oil. It is easy to work with. Wipe on - wipe off. Hang dry for 24 hours. Burnish with a fine scotch brite pad. Repeat as many times as you want.
     
  17. El Tele Lobo

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    I'm going to go for it. Starting with the neck.
     
  18. El Tele Lobo

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    First coat's on the neck. Pretty thin I think. Used a drop or so on my finger for the fretboard. Everything else wiped on with a cloth. Is a full 24 hours required even for a thin coat?
     
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    I just did a Duo Sonic in Tru-Oil. I washed the body with aniline dye (golden pine color) for extra blotchiness. I left the body hanging for two weeks before beginning to handle it and that wasn't long enough. I might have put it on too thick but it marks very easily, like a caramel. It smells, too. I bought new stuff for the build, including new Rose pups wound for this application that I might transfer to another body. I hope your build goes better.
     
  20. El Tele Lobo

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    Whoa...sorry to hear that. I think I'm just going to get the Birchwood Casey Sealer and Filler to seal the body and Tru-Oil over that. OTW to get some now...
     
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