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

TonyMan
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Lisle, IL USA

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Jul 18th, 2017 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been finishing a body with Tru-Oil and am pleased with the results so far. After the initial coat I hit it with 0000 steel wool. Since then I I've put 6 or 7 more coats. I am going to buss it next, but the surface feels kinda rough and feel that the buffing will not have an effect on that. I am wondering whether to hit it with 0000 steel wool again, or would wet sanding be better? I have micro mesh paper up to 2000 grit, so I can use a very fine one. Whichever I use, I figure I'd need at least one more coat before buffing.

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Mick Reid
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Jul 19th, 2017 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Tony.
I recently did my first tru oil finish and I sanded between *every* coat (20 coats total).
I was using p1000 before I got some synthetic "steel wool" pads (also p1000).

You may have to sand it til smooth and re-apply more coats using the steel wool between coats.

Depending on what kind of timber, 6 or 7 coats may not be enough. The roughness you describe *could* be a result of several things: coats being applied too heavy, not sanding between coats, or whether or not you grain-filled. (if it's tight pored timber like alder, no grain-filling should be necessary)

Everything I read about Tru Oil, said to wait at least 7 days after the final coat before wet sanding.
That is what I did and I could feel a difference in the "set" of the finish over the seven days and it polished up great. I went down to p6000 with the Micro Mesh and final polish with Micro Gloss.
(pics in my profile)


TonyMan
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Lisle, IL USA

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Jul 19th, 2017 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Mick. Looks like I have work ahead of me. Also, how much time did you wait between coats. I've been waiting 4-5 hours. I have the body in the lower level of my house, very cool cool there with low humidity.

Mick Reid
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Jul 19th, 2017 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I followed Tom Pettingill's method of 3 coats per day, so I was getting about 2-3 hours between each coat. (minimum 2)

Tom is a custom lap steel builder & tru oil finish guru. If you google his name + tru oil, he posts a lot on several forums and freely shares his experience & information.

I found his info very helpful, as there are a lot of variations in peoples' advice.
However, there doesn't seem to be a "wrong" way of doing it. Tru Oil is very forgiving to work with.


TonyMan
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Lisle, IL USA

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Jul 19th, 2017 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks again, I will research him before my next move.


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