Oil finish recommendations for maple neck?

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  1. johnboggs

    johnboggs Member

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    I have two Carvin kit guitars whose necks I finished with tung oil tinted slightly with amber stain to get a more vintage look.

    I've seen many mentions of gun oil for necks.

    Any opinions out there on the better of the two: tung versus gun?

    Pros? Cons?

    Other non-spray finish options?

    Thanks.
     
  2. HHB

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    Tru-oil is what I've used, I love the results
     
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    Tru-Oil for me.
     
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    Tru-oil by birchwood casey. That's the gunstock oil you've heard of. It's great, protects well and is real flexible in it's application. As in you can make it super thin or build it up to an almost laquer like finish. It's all I want to use now. Can be picked up at many sporting goods stores.
     
  5. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Tru-oil is Linseed oil with some other stuff added. Does anyone know how it differs from boiled Linseed oil (which isn't actually boiled, just has stuff added to make it dry faster)?
     
  6. groovy daddy

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    I did a Saga Srat neck with Tung-oil. It worked good but I read somewhere other finishes may not adhere after. Never tried it 'cause I sold the guitar.
     
  7. Quarter

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    Tru Oil makes a great finish for a neck or even a body if you want, I've been using it a lot for the lapsteels I build too.
    It feels great under the hand and can really bring wood to life.
    Here is an 8 string in all Tru Oil

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    Bichwood Casey Tru-Oil. Can be found at most shooting supply websites.
     
  9. po-boy

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    awesome looking lap steel !

    did you use stain before the tru-oil finish or is that just the tru-oil ?

    i'm just starting my first partscaster project and have been trying different types of finishes on sample pieces - i would love to get results like yours !



    - i'm not a complete idiot ... some parts are missing -
     

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