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04/12/2020 9:47 am  

Hi Guys

I'm getting to the point of finishing the guitar. It's a mahogonay build from Mark's kit and wanted to pick your brains about finishing oil.

I see Crimson sell a couple of different types, anyone have any experience of these or any other suggestions...?

Without Mark's finishing course (ha ha) any suggestions on getting some kind of glossy finish. I appreciate that it won't be like a cellulose spray finish but I want to get as much of a buffed finish as possible.

Looking forward to hearing from the top brains on the forum.

cheers

Steve

 


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04/12/2020 10:16 am  

I would recommend Osmo or Fiddes hardwax oil. It goes on beautifully without getting sticky (like Danish Oil can) and gives a lovely satin finish. Rub it in hard with a cloth to generate a little heat and then wipe off as much as you can. Leave for 24 hours and repeat as many times as you think necessary to achieve your desired finish. Rub down very lightly with the finest steel wool or very fine abrasive paper (400G) between coats if the grain has lifted at all and never put another coat on if the previous one still feel tacky, just leave it for a bit longer. If you want more gloss then you will have to apply a beeswax over the top of the oil finish. Rub on a thin coat, leave to dry and then buff with a clean, dry cloth. Clear Bison wax is very good as is Lord Sheratons. This is going to be about as shiny as you can get a bit of wood without lacquering it or French polishing it.


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04/12/2020 10:34 am  

Hi Darren

Thanks for such a quick and great detailed reply...I will take your advice on products and method..

Thanks again

Steve


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04/12/2020 11:45 am  

Hi Steve

I've used both Crimson's penetrating and high build oils;

The penetrating oil works great on necks - couple of coats applied with 2000 grit paper (leaving plenty of drying time) then rub down with soft cloth. Super slippy and makes the grain look pretty.

Only did one finish with the high build. It does go pretty glossy especially if you finish off with a wax coat but it's not very tough. 


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04/12/2020 5:42 pm  

@rockpile99

Thanks for that, good to hear your thoughts on the Crimson stuff and tips...

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04/12/2020 6:14 pm  

Looking forward to hearing from the top brains on the forum.

@steveadams Not sure I’m a top brain but I’ll try and help you. 🤣

I use Tru Oil, I absolutely love it for an oil finish. 

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05/12/2020 4:47 pm  

I've seen pretty much all options recommended by one person or another, and I've tried most of them too.

My conclusions are that you can get a great finish from just about any of them, but the exact technique you use varies depending on the product.  An approach that works great for one, doesn't work so well for another.  So, pick one, and build you knowledge/expertise in how to use it to get the finish you want.

Some generalised tips ...

Make sure the environment is clean (yup, I've tried oiling in a dusty workshop)  🙁

And use a clean material for applying the oil.  I've started using very gentle kitchen scouring pads.

Make sure the environment isn't too hot, nor too cold.

Don't force it.  Apply thin coats, and let them dry properly before adding the next one.

If it goes awry, the answer is pretty much never to add more product (!).  Clean it all off, and start again.

The quality of the end product is directly related to the quality of the starting product.  Make sure the wood is completely blemish free!

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05/12/2020 5:10 pm  

@tv101 Well said that man. 👍

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05/12/2020 5:13 pm  

@boo well said that man too.

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