#1
I just sanded a few necks and was wondering a few things. First off how many coats of Tung Oil is sufficient? I've heard people use 5-6 coats and I've also heard people just use lemon oil to clean it and never bother. With that in mind would 1-2 coats be ok?

This whole 24 hour cure time between coats is crazy. Which brings me to my next question, is it ok to just re-apply another thin layer after maybe 6 hours or less? I also heard it's ok to go again after 2 hours as long as you're not sanding. Any help is appreciated.
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#3
I use Tung-Oil finish quite a bit. I always wait at least 24hrs between coats. I have tried waiting only a short period between coats as I saw on a tutorial once, but the piece stayed sticky for 2 weeks. When I wait 24 hours between coats the stickiness is gone about 24hrs after the last coat dries.

As far as coats is concerned, I do at least 3, and the more you do the more shine you get. Once you get a look you are happy with I'd stop there.

Edit: Here is a body I tung-oiled. This piece has 3 coats.
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#4
Awesome, so maybe 3 coats is where I'll stop. That looks about where I wanted it but results may vary too. Only reason I'd want to go shorter than 24 hours is because I'm doing this to 3 guitars at once but the end results will be very much worth it.

Rosewood is ok with just lemon oil though right?
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#5
Half the problem with stickyness is you should be wiping back the oil with a rag after it's had about half an hour to absorb into the wood. Then you wait and apply another coat.
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#6
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Half the problem with stickyness is you should be wiping back the oil with a rag after it's had about half an hour to absorb into the wood. Then you wait and apply another coat.



I always wipe down my pieces. Tung oil gets hard to wipe after about 5 min. I don't recommend letting it set for half an hour. Its going to be sticky until it cures, thats just the way tung-oil is, no matter how much wiping you do. And if you don't wait long enough between coats, then it will take much longer to cure.
#7
When I do tung oil, I put it on a rag, give the neck a good wipe down, and then let it sit for about a minute. Then I rub it with the same rag to remove excess and just even everything out. The first coat I let soak in for 12 hours, and then I'd buff it with steel wool. After that, I'd apply every 6 hours (you can wait longer or whatever) until it's nice and smooth and shiny after being steel wooled. It worked great on my neck, and it only took a couple days.
EDIT: I think there are different tung oil formulas though. If it matters, I used formby's high gloss tung oil.
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Last edited by salsawords at Aug 22, 2010,