#1
has anyone here ever finished a guitar with wax before? I'm just curious.
#2
I usually give it about 8-10 coats of oil then finish of with a couple or three coats of finishing wax. I wouldnt recommend just jsing wax alone, I'd use oil first.
If you want a more in-depth guide let me know and I'll post some more stuff.
#3
whats the difference between poly and wax? which sounds better anyway?
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#4
Quote by abyssspecter
whats the difference between poly and wax? which sounds better anyway?


Wax has clearer highs in the 10kHz-15kHz range. But, the low end isn't very tight, which is why I prefer poly.
#5
are we takling about the same wax? The stuff i've used is a soft white solid, All you do is sand down the wood and rub it in with a cloth.
#6
Quote by jscustomguitars
I usually give it about 8-10 coats of oil then finish of with a couple or three coats of finishing wax. I wouldnt recommend just jsing wax alone, I'd use oil first.
If you want a more in-depth guide let me know and I'll post some more stuff.


I would love a more indepth guide, mate, if its not too much trouble. I searched for ages a while back but couldn't find anything relevant, most likely because I didn't know what I was looking for. I was thinking of refinishing my G400's body with a natural finish, and didn't want laquer or anything of the sort.
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#7
I've used tried a few coats of tung oil followed by Briwax (good quality furniture wax) and it works quite well. Certainly worth a go if you don't want to get into spray finishing, though I think the tonal benefits are negligible unless you're using particularly good tonewood.
#9
Quote by kyle62
I've used tried a few coats of tung oil followed by Briwax (good quality furniture wax) and it works quite well. Certainly worth a go if you don't want to get into spray finishing, though I think the tonal benefits are negligible unless you're using particularly good tonewood.


Thanks for the advice You wouldn't happen to know of any pics showing the end result, tho? I suppose it'd depend more on the colour tint of the individual wax brand, aye?
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#10
Quote by Highbinder
I would love a more indepth guide, mate, if its not too much trouble. I searched for ages a while back but couldn't find anything relevant, most likely because I didn't know what I was looking for. I was thinking of refinishing my G400's body with a natural finish, and didn't want laquer or anything of the sort.


i'll put something up later when I got time.
#11
Quote by mr_hankey
Wax has clearer highs in the 10kHz-15kHz range. But, the low end isn't very tight, which is why I prefer poly.

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It really makes that much difference?
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#12
Quote by loonyguitarist
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It really makes that much difference?


He was making a joke. What he meant was that all the talk about different finishing methods is a bunch of audiophile bullcrap. Sort of like $10,000 interconnect cables and wooden pot knobs.
#13
Quote by Uusilehto
He was making a joke. What he meant was that all the talk about different finishing methods is a bunch of audiophile bullcrap. Sort of like $10,000 interconnect cables and wooden pot knobs.


Heh you read that on the fender forums, right?
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#14
Put a coat of Danish oil on with a cloth.

Wait 5 mins then wipe of excess with a clean cloth.

Leave for at least 6 hours (24 hours if you have the time) then rub back lightly with 800 grade wet and dry (used dry).

Repeat process 6-8 times.

After that for the last 2-3 coats I dont sand it back and let the oil build up a little thicker.

Polish the surface up with 0000 grade wire wool after the last coat of oil.

Rub on a coat of finishing wax and leave for as long as it says on the tin (depending on what brand/type you use)
Then polish it off with a clean cloth.

I usually do this 3 times and after the final coat I use 0000 grade wire wool again to bring it to a nice matt sheen. The more elbow grease you put in, the shinier you can get it but I like the feel and look when its pretty matt.

You do need to give a little TLC to it over time as its not as hard wearing as a Cellulose and nowhere near as tough as polly finishes.
The good thing it, its relativley easy to repair through play wear/ accidents.

Its pretty straight forward really and I dont think there are any hard and fast rules but through trial and error I found this to work for me.

Hope it helps !
Last edited by jscustomguitars at Feb 27, 2008,