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correct process to apply and polish tru-oil to get a High gloss?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by mangus, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    I think the kitchen one, the ones with out soap, do come in grades, and could meet some needs like the ones you are referring to. I thought at one time someone had post what the equivalent of steel wool was compared to synthetic steel wool and some of the scotchbrite pads but I can't seem to find it.
     

  2. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Try Mirka Mirlon finishing pads - I found them quite easily in the UK - unlike scotch pads - maybe they're easy to get hold of in Portugal?
     

  3. mangus

    mangus TDPRI Member

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    I can find scotchbrite pads but they're not the woodworking variety. Just the cleaning variety. My doubts resides in whether or not they're the same
     

  4. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    I found this which maybe a combo of woodworking and cleaning pads:

    7445 - White pad, called Light Duty Cleansing - (1000) 1200-1500 grit
    7448 - Light Grey, called Ultra Fine Hand - (600-800) 800 grit.
    6448 - Green (?), called Light Duty Hand Pad - (600) 600 grit
    7447 - Maroon pad, called General Purpose Hand - (320-400) 320 grit
    6444 - Brown pad, called Extra Duty Hand - (280-320) 240 grit
    7446 - Dark Grey pad, called Blending Pad (180-220) 150 grit
    7440 - Tan pad, called Heavy Duty Hand Pad - (120-150) 60(?)
    Green Scotch Brite is available EVERYWHERE is 600 grit.
    Blue Scotch-Brite is considered to be about 1000 grit.
    (The value inside the parentheses is directly from 3M.)

    I know there was a more detailed one but the link to the site shows the site has been removed. I hope this helps.
     

  5. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    They're cheap, why not just buy one and try it, see how it does on wood? Whether or not its the "same", you can judge if it removes wood in the manner you want, lasts as long as you'd like, etc. Maybe even do a side-by-side test with some samples of sandpaper and/or steel wool on some test boards, so you can correlate the look and hand feel of the pads to an equivalent sandpaper grit.

    My experience has been that Scotchbrite pads don't cut as well, and in some cases, will burnish, rather than cut, so I don't use them very often. I use steel wool, very carefully if I'm around pickups or other magnetic devices.
     

  6. mangus

    mangus TDPRI Member

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    Question, I've applied the soak coat(1st) and removed the excess once there was some resistance. (My hand hurts so I must be on the right track). now I know I'm supposed to build thicknes but do I:
    1 - Have to remove the excess after each coat?
    or
    2 - Apply thin coats with a coffee filter and let the"film" build?
     

  7. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    Yes and yes.
    You'll end up with runs and puddles if you don't wipe excess.
     
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  8. Tomasi

    Tomasi Tele-Meister

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    Jan 26, 2016
    Finland
    At least for me considering I'm polishing the guitar, not painting or lacquering was the right frame of thought. Just a little bit at a time, then repeat, repeat, etc...

    The exception was in the beginning on my swamp ash telemaster. I also filled the grain with tru oil by getting three thicker coats first and sanding carefully with using more tru oil as a lubricant. And then sanding carefully after every three or four coats. I used artist oil colors and silvery powder pigment mixed with tru oil, so naturally the pigments did some of the filling too.

    This approach got it as glossy as I wanted. Yvette.jpg
     

  9. mangus

    mangus TDPRI Member

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    Damn... That's one good looking guitar..
     

  10. mangus

    mangus TDPRI Member

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    And another yes to woolwiring softly with 0000 between coats?
     

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