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Tru-oil questions

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by volksport, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. volksport

    volksport TDPRI Member

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    My plan is to use tru-oil to my latest walnut tele. How much oil i need for one
    body? If i want to pop out the grains (with black i quess), what should i use to do that?

    Any advise is welcome.

    Kari
     
  2. Colt W. Knight

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    I would use a bottle of Birchwood Casey Sealer/Filler to fill the grain and seal the wood, and 1 bottle of Tru Oil put on the clear.

    The Sealer/Filler will definetly pop the grain, but it won't add a contrasting color in the recessed grain. You will have to use black grain filler to do that.
     
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    Thank's Colt. I just ordered Birchwood Casey tru-oil. so it takes one bottle per body? What size did you mean? And just ordered that sealer.
     
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    I think they are 2 or 3 ounce bottles.

    I have used 1 bottle of sealer/filler to do 4-5 guitar bodies. 1 bottle of tru oil should be enough to do more than one entire guitar.

    Just remember that you don't glob Tru Oil on, you put it on in very thin coats with your fingers. The coats should be so thin that you are worried that you are putting them on too thin.
     
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    Just the kind of info i was looking for! I ordered 16 oz bottles so that should be enough.:D What grit is the best for the body before tru-oil? Can i use pindings?
     
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    I never sand past 220 grit on any type of wood I am going to apply finish on.

    I do not know what pindings are, so I can't help you there.


    16 ounce bottles will last you a very long time. I have never even seen them available in bottles that large here in the states.
     
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    I was going to say binding. Body is now sanded to 320 so that should be enough. What about decal to the headstock? Can use or not?

    Kari
     
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    You can apply tru oil over binding, no problems.

    You can use tru Oil with waterslide decals without any problems as well.
     
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    TruOil is the bomb. I love it so much I put it on my cereal!
     
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    Three bottles i ordered should be enough for my breakfast too.:D
    I hope the royal mail is working fast, so i get to try this wonderoil.
     
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    This by itself also works well as a grain filler.
     
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    Given enough time and enough coats.
     
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    I'm going to use Birchwood Casey Sealer/Filler with these two bodies.
    How long should i let it dry between coats, and final steelwool?
     
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    Sealer/filler dries in about an hour. You sand flat between coats.

    Tru-oil can take 2-24 hours to dry depending on how thick you apply and your climate. make sure it is fully dry before you try to use any steel wool or the steel wool fibers will stick to the tru oil and leave a big ugly gray spot.

    Its always best to follow the directions on the bottle.
     
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    I see you promote the BC sealer quite a bit and I may have to revisit it again. I tried it some time back and was less than impressed with its filling properties on a black walnut project.
     
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    Reminds me of Clark Griswold's non-nutritive cereal varnish. Semi-osmotic...Coats the flake...
     
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    Ive gone through two bottlees, and it has worked great on walnut for me. I use it more for its grain popping ability than its filling properties though. I hit the wood with 1 or 2 coats of Sealer/Filler to pop the grain. It fills the pores pretty good, but it dries so much quicker than tru oil, thats why I really like it. I also think it fills the wood pores much quicker than tru oil itself.
     
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    That would just be shellac then right? :lol:
     
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    What is the best way to put filler to the body? Creditcard maybe?


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    Different approach for different fillers.

    Birchwood Casey Sealer/Filler you just spread on with your fingers. Let dry. Sand flat. Repeat till the grain is all filled.

    Oilbase or waterbase grain filler is a real PITA to use, and is a fairly involved process.
     
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