#1
I dont think this has been made yet... but there are many different types of wood oils to use as finishes. List your favorite and why... tung oil, linseed oil, danish oil, lemon oil, etc. i have whiped all of these on different boards, and tested with denting, dripping water on, all of them mainly suck when it comes to hardening the wood/finish, and being water resistant. anyone got any cool secrets? the best i have found is to mix in oil-based polyurethane, which still doesnt quite hold up to water, but does alot better than without it.
#2
I've finished a guitar with Formby's high gloss tung oil, mixing in mineral spirits at an approximate ratio of 1/3 mineral oil to 2/3 tung oil. Though I'm not certain how hard the finish coat is, it's certainly harder than the bare wood and repels water effectively. I also applied quite a few coats though, roughly 8 or 9.

I don't think you'll ever get an oil finish equivalent in hardness to a laquer coat, but how many coats of oil are you using when you finish?
#3
i do 3 coats, the first is 5050 just pure tung oil and mineral spirits, the second is 25/75 poly to tung oil, the last is 50/50. i could do more 50/50 coats, and see how that works out. the formbys stuff is pretty okay. im not sure i like it, too many additives.
#4
I've heard good things about tru oil. I'm gonna try it out on my spanish cedar LP build.
#5
I haven't oiled before, but I certainly do like the concept of how easy tung oil is, and also the looks as well.

what type of oil is suited for clear coating compatibility?
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#6
I am looking for an oil to protect my maple neck and fretboard form warping. Any ideas?
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i do 3 coats, the first is 5050 just pure tung oil and mineral spirits, the second is 25/75 poly to tung oil, the last is 50/50. i could do more 50/50 coats, and see how that works out. the formbys stuff is pretty okay. im not sure i like it, too many additives.

Which brand poly do you use?

Formby's does have alot of additives but it's the least expensive with continued good results - I just make a point of wearing gloves when I use it.
#9
Ok guys...So I have this speaker cabinet I'm making that is made out of pine. I know nothing about oil finishes. I want it to be a bit darker, sorta shiny and durable. Any idea what I could use for it? I was thinking a stain and a clear coat but hey, maybe an oil could be pretty good.
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#10
its ironic how even though oil and water dont mix oil finshs arent water resistant...

other than the fact that its turns ur wood green, id say tung oil is the greatest finsh for necks. danish oil is second.
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#11
I finished a "log" guitar out of shoe polish once, actually. For the record, cordovan shoe polish on mahogany looks sweet.
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#12
Well, it DOES resist water, it just leaves a spot that you need to sand off and re-apply the oil too, just plain annoying. Tru-oil i have heard is a good finish, water resist, strong, etc. the only downfall is that it doesnt give the oiled-wood look that plain old oil does.

also, your neck wont turn green if you reapply the oil every 2 or 3 months.
#13
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Well, it DOES resist water, it just leaves a spot that you need to sand off and re-apply the oil too, just plain annoying. Tru-oil i have heard is a good finish, water resist, strong, etc. the only downfall is that it doesnt give the oiled-wood look that plain old oil does.

also, your neck wont turn green if you reapply the oil every 2 or 3 months.


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