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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2004, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Best Tung Oil to use??

Guys,

What is the best Tung Oil to use for a body refinish??
Is there any make or kind that is best at all??

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Gary - The.Godfather
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2004, 01:35 PM
 
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What you have to decide first is whether or not you want a finish that is built up, and that you can feel, or one that seems to not be there at all. Straight tung oil, (maybe thinned a little with mineral spirits) is best for a natural finish that you can't really feel. But a tung oil "finish" with varnish resins or other hardeners would be used to build up multiple coats for final steel wool (or wetsanding) and paste waxing/buffing. If you're buying straight tung oil the brand is much less important, but for a tung oil finish there are some crappy ones. If you can find "General Finishes" (I think that's the name, I'm not at home right now) in the UK they have a good finish for building up on a body called Arm-R-Seal I think. I like their satin version because oil finishes can get a sheen to them in "high traffic" areas like the elbow and picking area. The satin seems to regulate that. Also if you have a porous wood like mahogany you'll be fine but if you're going over maple or something dense I would still thin out the first coat.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2004, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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It is for an RG550 body I have.
I just want a plain wood look and feel. But I want some means of protection on the body. I was just going to leave it un-finished, but I felt that was too risky.

I just want a bit of tung oil to go on a plain wood RG550 body to give it some protection. Like a Bad Horsie kinda thing if you get me? It will have a monkey grip.

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Just remember that it's a 'no going back' type of thing to tung oil a piece of wood; you won't be able to get paint and such to bond once that oil's in there. It also will yellow the wood a bit (or a lot, depending on how heavily you coat it).
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For the record, I'm in Canada, but the brand of Tung Oil that I use for my neck finishing is:
Circa 1850
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