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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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refinishing a neck?

after all the sanding is down whats something good to cover it back up with?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 01:44 PM
 
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Tung oil or tung oil with varnish resins for a natural feel. How you sand it, and to what grit of paper will affect how the neck feels. I personally like a lower grit like 220/320 because its a little rougher. Then after the oilings I use a little paste wax. That's an EB/MM type finish, or like an old, "played in" Jem. Sanding to 600 grit will give a smoother finish, and is still great, I just like a rougher feel. It's a little "drier"

I like Defthane satin in the spray can for a thick satin finish. The satin isn't "satiny" enough for me, so I sand it with whatever feels right (220-400) for that particular guitar. It takes a long time to dry.

BTW I'm assuming it's maple. Mahogany is different.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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yes its maple. well i sanded it with some no so fine grid but ill go get some 400 today and some tong oil. how long does it take to cure?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 02:38 PM
 
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I leave 1 day in between each coat, and some people steel wool between each coat. I usually save the steel wooling for the last coat, unless you start to get little hairy fibers raising up out of the wood. And then sometimes I'll use 600 grit to shear off the fibers but not to actually sand the surface. You can use 2-6 coats in my opinion, and I would pick up some paste wax while you're out. You might like it. Try it out on the back of the headstock first, in case you find it too slippery, or if it feels sticky to the oils in your hand. If you have clammy hands it can get a gunky buildup quicker than with oil alone.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 07:30 PM
 
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I recently did a neck much like Frank suggested...3 coats of Minwax Poly Satin (wipe-on finish) with sanding in between...after the final coat a bit of 320 grit and 0000 steel wool is what I used. Was quite pleased, it actually feels a lot like a Prestige 3120 finish. Take your time and be patient.
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