Finishing without darkening the wood
I'm checking the community daily, but my activities are at a low point at this moment....... So, nothing much to share..... Sorry.....
I will be spraying a neck anytime soon and I got plans for a Music Man Luke and a Tele build, so.....
Measure once, cut straight away and maybe you're lucky......
I am contemplating acoustic instrument finish with OSMO polyx raw.
Does anyone have experience of this for instruments?
I have just fitted a restored maple floor and finished it with two coats of OSMO polyx raw, which looks amazing- solid waxy finish with pale effect. I bet a guitar would look great but would it have any tonal effects?
Not on instruments but I’ve used this on many other projects and it is far superior to something like Danish oil. If for no other reason than it takes much longer before it starts to get sticky and therefore you have more time to give it a good rub in without getting the surface covered in cloth fibres. Get as much as possible into the wood and then wipe as much as possible off again. Leave for 24 hours, light rub down with very fine steel wool or a Scotchbrite pad and then repeat the application. If just going for an oil finish a third coat can be applied or you can go straight to a bees wax on top of the two coats (probably not for a guitar I’d think).
I think you will find that it darkens the wood though.
I would guess that it would be pretty thick consistancy if it is used for floors. That is not a good attribute for guitar finishes. Guitar finishes can affect the sound - especially an acoustic - it would be like wrapping a blanket aroung your guitar - deadening effect.
The skill of the painter is to make it as thin as possible so it does not affect the sound.
Having said that I have not tried it either - if it goes on thin then why not?
Measure twice, cut once...
That's fine John, but as I am feeling a bit down at the moment I was hoping for a couple of painkillers the get me back on my feet before I answer any more questions, even if just relating to the exact location of the discomfort!
PS If this is all getting a bit surreal I'm happy to stop!