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    Hey guys, today I got an unfinished neck in the mail for a guitar Im putting together. I may leave it unfinished or may finish the back. Im wondering what are some of the best oils to use to finish it. I dont like heavy finish, just little oil maybe. I dont think Ill finish the fretboard as I like the look of Eddies 5150 circa 1986 when it was really dirty, and over time my neck should get like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH!! View Post
    Hey guys, today I got an unfinished neck in the mail for a guitar Im putting together. I may leave it unfinished or may finish the back. Im wondering what are some of the best oils to use to finish it. I dont like heavy finish, just little oil maybe. I dont think Ill finish the fretboard as I like the look of Eddies 5150 circa 1986 when it was really dirty, and over time my neck should get like that?
    If you want the "completely raw wood feel" while still protecting the neck (recommended), check out the Minwax Wipe On Poly in Satin.

    http://www.worldpaintsupply.com/minw...-wipe-on-poly/

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    Great stuff -- you can do 1 or 2 light coats of it on a raw neck, and after letting it dry a few days, use the finest steel wool to just rub it down a little bit. This method is what I use and gives the fastest feeling, most "raw" necks I have ever done by far.

    Note -- I have also tried:
    - 2 different brands of Tung Oil (terrible for me in every way)
    - Minwax Spray on Poly (great for bodies and headstocks, but too thick and glossy for a "raw" feel on a neck)
    - Various paints (just don't do it if you like the raw neck feel)
    - Nitro (also not at all "raw" or "fast" feeling -- only do this if you like thick, high gloss finishes like on a Gibson)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    If you want the "completely raw wood feel" while still protecting the neck (recommended), check out the Minwax Wipe On Poly in Satin.

    http://www.worldpaintsupply.com/minw...-wipe-on-poly/

    Like that.

    Great stuff -- you can do 1 or 2 light coats of it on a raw neck, and after letting it dry a few days, use the finest steel wool to just rub it down a little bit. This method is what I use and gives the fastest feeling, most "raw" necks I have ever done by far.

    Note -- I have also tried:
    - 2 different brands of Tung Oil (terrible for me in every way)
    - Minwax Spray on Poly (great for bodies and headstocks, but too thick and glossy for a "raw" feel on a neck)
    - Various paints (just don't do it if you like the raw neck feel)
    - Nitro (also not at all "raw" or "fast" feeling -- only do this if you like thick, high gloss finishes like on a Gibson)
    Good suggestions man. I don't like tung oil at all. It always seems to leave a tacky film, and frankly I hate the smell. Boiled linseed is good. Apply it thin over a couple coats and rub it out with cheese cloth, then a shammy.
    For the nitro, or an acrylic (poly also), you can get a more natural wood feel by using 000 steel wool on it to break the gloss which is what makes a shiny finish sticky feeling when your hand sweats. Just make sure if it's nitro or acrylic, you give it the typical month long curing time. Thats how long it takes for lacquers to reach max. Hardness...
    At least without Viagra. Tru oil (spelling) or gun stock oil is great too, and you can top that with bees wax too.
    Last edited by we die young; 07.07.14 at 04:51 PM.

 

 

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