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DIY Neck Finish

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by HBamps, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. HBamps

    HBamps Tele-Meister

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    I am considering buying a unfinished Allparts TMO-Fat neck for my latest build with plans to finish it my self. I have zero experience here but thought the vast knowledge on this forum could help.

    Is there a relatively easy way to finish a neck? Like possibly a rub on solution? I did a search but did not come up with anything. I am wondering what it intails.

    Any links or information would be much appriciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jrich99

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    I just finished my first ever neck finish with Guitar ReRanch Supplies:

    http://reranchstore.stores.yahoo.net/fencuscol.html

    I used the Fender Neck Amber and the Nitrocellulose clear coat. I was refinishing a Squier neck, and the hardest part was sanding down the old neck-The actual finishing process was a piece of cake. I just did it in my back yard. If you do choose to go this route, PM me and I'll give you all the details/help I can...
     
  3. hackworth1

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    You could use tru oil. You could use shellac. I'm going to try the real shellac flakes and denatured alcohol for a quasi-french polish.
     
  4. j.b.horns

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    Browse through the finely finished sub-forum. You should find at least a couple tru-oil threads on the first page. There's one about shellac too.
     
  5. Joefaity

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    Tru-oil!
     
  6. Curly

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    Tru Oil indeed ... done well, it feels better than nitro, IMO.
     
  7. fernando

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    for rub on you can use shellac with some tint.
    Easy, natural, non toxic and beautiful look and feel.
     
  8. jrich99

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    I like the nitro because it is more "Fender Accurate", and the tru oil supposedly is more likely to warp.
     
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    Please explain jrich99. This is the first I've heard about a tru-oil neck warping !!!!! I've always heard Tru-oil was great. I'm about to do a neck, so I need to know the facts. ;)
     
  10. mellecaster

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    I've done about 30 necks in Tru Oil...the warping must be another one of those Internet myths ?
     
  11. tonyw

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    I have ajust done a tru oil neck what could be easier.
     
  12. Hollmanp90

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    I've used also.........No problems.

    Why would Tru-Oil be more likely to warp ?

    To believe that and post that repsonse......Give your reasoning,please.
     
  13. Colt W. Knight

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    You do realize Truoil was developed to finish firearm stocks right? I can say with the utmost confidence, that if truoil was prone to warping wood, it would not still be on the market. Who wants a crooked rifle or shotgun?


    Truoil is a hard finish, not an oil-type finish. "True" oil-type finishes or wax type finishes will allow more moisture to diffuse through to the wood than hard finishes, but as stated before, truoil is a hard finish and easy to apply as well.
     
  14. maumari

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    Tru-oil, simple to apply and effective to use!
     
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    Another vote for Tru-Oil. I've always avoided finishing anything (not just guitars) because I invariably got crap falling from the air into the finish and it looked and felt lousy. But I recently got two instruments (Ibanez Mikro bass and First Act Sheena) that, if they had any finish on the neck, it was negligible. Did them both in Tru-Oil - about eight coats each. The Mikro was perfect. The Sheena had a couple of rough spots, and steel wool took care of that without messing up the finish. It's simple and pretty quick - I did two or three coats a day, then left them for two weeks before handling. I'll be using Tru-Oil on the neck of the Tele bass I'm building, and maybe the body too. (Assuming I ever acquire the body.)
     
  16. Citizen_Insane

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    Tru-Oil. It's more than just an oil finish, it actually hardens. Warmoth considers it an acceptable finish to keep the warranty, so I wouldn't worry about it. If they thought it would warp necks, they wouldn't replace necks that were finished with it.
     
  17. 68thinline

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    ????
     
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    How do you go about finishing with Truoil?
     
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    I think this association with oil finishes is the basis for the view that Truoil will warp necks. Others on this forum have also questioned Truoil's long-term durability (compared to nitro lacquer). I suppose if the finish didn't last long, the neck would then be susceptible to moisture. But as Citizen_Insane points out, Warmoth considers it a satisfactory finish.

    I wouldn't hesitate to use it on a neck. The method recommended by LMII will produce good results without all of the nitro-lacquer hassle.
     
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