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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Tru Oil Question

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Lisle, IL USA

That's what she said!
Apr 23rd, 2017 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just watched a video where a guy applied Tru Oil to various pieces of wood and was impressed since I don't have a spraying system and have to get the cars out of the garage if I want to use can sprays. I was wondering how this would work on a body that is stained? I take it the color may darken a bit, but is there a chance the Tru Oil can impair the stain in any way?


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Apr 24th, 2017 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Q: How can I increase the shelf life of Tru-Oil?
A: To increase the shelf life of Tru-Oil poke, a small hole in the foil instead of pulling it all the way off and store the bottle upside down after opening.

Q: Can Tru-Oil be thinned out?
A: Tru-Oil can be thinned out using mineral spirits. Please note: Adding mineral spirits will increase drying time.

Q: Will Tru-Oil change the color of the wood?
A: No, Tru-Oil will not change the color, however it does have a golden hue amber tint that will enhance the wood.

Q: Are Tru-Oil and lacquer compatible?
A: No.

Q: Will Tru-Oil work on laminate?
A: Yes.

Q: Before using Tru-Oil should I use a water-based stain or an oil-based stain?
A: We recommend using a water-based stain. If using an oil-based stain, allow extra dry time.

Q: How do I apply Tru-Oil?
A: Apply Tru-Oil using your finger or a lint free cloth.

Q: How long until Tru-Oil is dry to the touch?
A: Tru-Oil will be dry to the touch in approximately 2-4 hours, depending on climate. We recommending allowing 12 + hours between coats of Tru-Oil.

Q: How long is recommended between coats of Tru-Oil?
A: We recommending allowing 12 + hours between coats.

Q: What temperature works best for applying Tru-Oil?
A: Room temperature is ideal for applying Tru-Oil. It will dry faster in low humidity as well.

Q: Can I add linseed to increase dry time?
A: Not recommended.

Q: Will Tru-Oil penetrate oily wood?
A: Tru-Oil has a difficult time penetrating and drying on oily woods (i.e. ebony rosewood and cocobolo). If using an oily wood, you can try using mineral spirits to thin out the Tru-Oil or seal the wood prior to the Tru-Oil application.

Q: How long do I need to wait until rubbing Tru-Oil out with abrasive agent?
A: If using Stock Sheen and Conditioner, wait a minimum of 7 days. If using Rotten stone, wait one month after Tru-Oil application.

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Lisle, IL USA

That's what she said!
Apr 24th, 2017 10:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well thank you, that was a mouthful.

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