Tru Oil over faded SG

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  1. deMelo

    deMelo Well-Known Member

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    So, I am going to give my faded 1961RI SG a glossy feel by applying a few coats of tru oil on it.

    I am not gonna do this without learning more, of course, so a few first doubts:

    - should I sand the guitar gently before I start applying the oil coats or do I just do it as it is?

    - What should I use to polish the guitar after the pores have been filled and it's got enough coats? Should I sand it or just buff it?

    If you did it yourself, pics would be highly appreciated
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    You will have to take the old finish off in order to allow the tru-oil to soak in. If I were going to take my faded to a "glossy feel"
    I'd use Virtuoso Cleaner and Polish. The cleaner is a mild buffing compound and will "shine up" the finish. The polish will preserve that shine.
     
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    Thing is, these '61RI SGs come in a "worn" finish, the grain is quite noticeable (unfilled wood). I thought of using virtuoso at first, but I read that in such finishes it would fill the grain and result in white flecks all over.
     
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    AFAIK, lacquer, even when it's fully cured (Does it ever really fully cure?), still gasses off. Applying a Tru-Oil finish over a lacquer finish might lead to a funky looking finish down the road. Peeling perhaps?

    You might be better off with a refinish by sanding, cleaning, grain/pore filling, sanding, more coloring, gloss laquer. Probably not want you wanted to hear... :confused:
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha... I would try this first. Maybe use a power tool to buff the polish.
     
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    Nitro dries, it does not "cure."
    lpmmpol.jpg DSCN1263.JPG sgj5.jpg
    Didn't happen to these. I've never heard that about Virtuoso before. It's cleaned up the left-over wax from the factory on my SGJ.
     
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    You'll never get it full glossy that way, I'm sorry. Gloss finishes need flat, polished layers of finish, and you'll never get them without filling the grain. I've seen people that have tried to "polish" these faded SGs without filling the pores and it looks a bit goofy, IMO.

    BTW, TruOil cures very, very, thin; you can't really fill the pores by applying layer after layer.

    You might find this thread useful.
    I refinished a faded Flying V (same finish as your SG) with TruOil. It came out great, but I had to strip the nitro and fill the pores beforehand.

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    Thanks Biddlin. How would you define "cure"?
     
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    "cure" implies a catalytic process with a set start, open and end time. A cured finish cannot be redissolved in its original solvent, unlike nitrocellulose which easily dissolves in lacquer thinner.
     
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