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How to apply Tru-Oil for a bare wood finish on a neck?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by thrashmetl, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. thrashmetl

    thrashmetl Tele-Holic

    Feb 8, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    I've Tru-Oiled a few necks before and it's always turned out great, but I've never gone for a bare wood type finish. I don't even want to know that the Tru-Oil is there, I just want to seal the wood. I've always just applied 100% Tru-Oil and sanded back with 320 and then some synthetic steel wood.

    My guess is that cutting the Tru-Oil with mineral spirits will give me a thin enough coat, but what ratio should the mix be? 50/50? 25% Tru-Oil/75% Mineral Spirits?
  2. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    Somewhere on here's a thread where Colt thinned tru oil and sprayed it on a neck. That might be a starting point for what you want to do.

  3. nickhofen

    nickhofen Friend of Leo's

    Nov 8, 2010
    HELLAS, Land Of Heroes .
    Also OpenGcapo4 use alot this technique at his builds. Once I ask him the same question and if I remember right he told me he use 50/50 ratio, but also I might don't remember correct, send him pm and let us know.
  4. Tom Pettingill

    Tom Pettingill Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2010
    As per Birchwood Casey, you can thin Tru Oil with mineral spirits up to a 2 part Tru Oil to 1 part mineral spirits. For spraying, I find that a 4 to 1 or less works best in my rig.

    In that case, I'd finish sand to 320 - 400, wipe down with naphtha, let dry, then absolutely slather on the Tru Oil letting the wood drink what it wants. Immediately follow up with a bunch of clean rags and vigorously / aggressively wipe / rub all off the surface. Work in manageable sections and if it starts getting too sticky before its all rubbed out, add a bit more fresh Tru Oil to loosen it up.
    If for some reason you need something more aggressive, naphtha or mineral spirits will cut it back before its cured.
  5. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA
    Tom - At what PSI are you running your spray rig? Thanks.
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