#1
KK guys, basically im working with a solid body strat shape body and I was originally only going to leave it bare wood but oil it. im going to have to buy some vintage amber stain to match the satin on the headstock and I need to know if I could use the same stain on the bare mahogany without a clear coat? The reason is that i picked up some of the timbermate "Mahogany" (looks like a cheap chocolate!) and i dont want to grain fill with it because of the ugly color. Im assuming that I cant apply a shellac finish to "un-filled" mahogany? would my plan of just applying a stain and then leaving it bare work?
#3
Quote by zubin.isaac
sorry for adding on instead of editing, but couldnt i just apply the oil over the stained mahogany?


You can do this, but go easy with the first coat of oil as it can start lifting the stain
#4
Quote by KempGuitars
You can do this, but go easy with the first coat of oil as it can start lifting the stain


+1

Plenty of people stain and then use an oil finish afterwards.
#6
You can put a shellac finish over unfilled grain, the tiny particles of shellac that get "buffed" out build up inside the pores and over a few times will start to build a level surface.

I don't think it looks as 'slick' or streamlined as filled grain, but it doesn't look bad at all either.
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