Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canadian in Cambridge, MA
Re: To grain fill, or not to grain fill...
I remember a mahogany bodied gibson style re-finish that somebody did with tru oil a while back. They didn't bother grain filling, so it didnt look glassy. But it does give it a nice woody sheen. I think that it's a nice finish, but for SUPER porous stuff, maybe it wouldn't be as nice. If you have a scrap you can always try it. I tried 10 coats of clear on the walnut, and it just never really looked good. Tried 1 coat of poxy, then clear, this was much better. Finally, I did 2 coats of poxy, just to make sure you don't miss any spots, then clear... BAM... good to go. If you have scrap, this is a good thing to test.