#1
Hi I just bought this sg http://imgur.com/hq5wM69. It is sanded down right to the bare mahogany and im not quite sure how to go about protecting the wood and finishing it. THe tech at the store (someone i somewhat trust) suggested lemon oil on the body but with further reading i have found that it might not be the right oil. should I use tung oil ? tru oil etc ? if in the future i wanted to restore it to its original finsih (either cherry stain or black gloss paint not really sure ) would oiling it prevent me from doing this ? also any help on the process of oiling it would be appreciated as well
#3
Tru Oil would definitely work, but it soaks into the wood and would stop it taking a stain. You'd have to sand through as deep as the oil has soaked in, which would be a lot in mahogany.

The process of oiling depends on the finish you want. If you want high gloss, you need to fill the pores completely with either the filler/sealer or sanding with Tru Oil. After that, you just wipe thin coats on until the finish has built up. Lightly buff with #0000 steel wool every few coats to keep it level.
#4
i dont really need a gloss finish i just want to protect the wood and leave the option of staining it open in the future , would lacquer be an option ?
#5
Something like 2K clear is an option if you use respiratory protection and work carefully. Tru Oil is definitely the easiest, then 2K is harder to get right.
#6
some people have said to just lemon oil it and if i do want refinish it just let the lemon oil dry out
#7
the reason i am going with lemon oil is because in its own way its reversable and if i want to do it in a cherry stain later I still can. Am I right in think i just apply the lemon oil with a rag to the body , let it sit for 15 minutes then wipe away excess and repeat until the desired look is there ?