Refinish using dye/tung oil

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by jayroc1, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. jayroc1

    jayroc1 Member

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    What are the basic steps if I wanted to finish a guitar in a dye and then tung oil? Is grain filler needed? It's an alter Tele body I'll be using
     
  2. wox

    wox Supporting Member

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    Very easy finish.

    Alder generally doesn't need filler because it's a very tight grain. Oil alone will be enough to fill up any pores, and you can get a nice smooth finish.

    I use the Stew Mac dyes, thinning down with water, then wiping on coats until I get my desired color. My preferred oil finish is Tru-oil, and I use 5-10 coats. The thicker the finish, the higher shine you can buff out of it.
     
  3. Ayrton

    Ayrton Member

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    Dye or stain?

    Real Tung Oil or a Tung Oil finish (like Minwax)?

    I have finished a couple of Alder bodied guitars with the Minwax Tung Oil finish, which is more polymer than oil. This is the Nuno N4 finish, and I apply right to raw sanded Alder.

    You can also use Tru Oil which is traditionally a gun stock finish that is super easy to apply, looks great, and is fairly durable depending on the number of coats.
     
  4. zul

    zul Supporting Member

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    +1 on Tru Oil.
     

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