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Another Great TruOil Method

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:20 pm    Post subject: Another Great TruOil Method Reply with quote

submitted by RayRay(whether he knows it or not!)Wink

Tru-Oil will most certainly create it's own filler. Damn, I wish I could wipe out all the misconceptions about Tru-Oil.
The biggest mistake most people make with Tru-Oil IMHO, is trying to slather it on like Suntan Lotion. The second biggest mistake is getting in a hurry.

It isn't Suntan Lotion, it's a thin wiping finish. the key word here is "THIN".
It takes a bit more time to SLOW DOWN with it's application, but in the long run...it will be quicker than anything else you would use. (No 30 days to cure). BUt it will take an average of 2 weeks with the following method. The following is AFTER you prep work, prep sanding etc.

You DO NOT have to "Apply it with your fingers" and "Rub it in" until it gets warm. That's a JOKE and never meant to be actually part of the application method.

The 6 Million Dollar Man or Superman might be able to rub it fast enough to get it warm enough to make a difference, but I doubt it....YOU never will.

Some people thin TO with 40% mineral spirits FIRST, Some thin it 2-1 and shoot it with a HVLP spray gun, BOTH produce amazing finishes.
The following is what I do on necks.

Wipe the neck down thouroughly with naphtha and let dry.

Apply a THIN coat with a NEW coffee filter and take care to smooth it out, leaving no runs or build-up on the edges. If the filter is too wet, use another NEW one and soak up the access. (Throw the filters away!) Screw on cap, store Tru-oil UPSIDE DOWN so air doesn't form a crust in the bottle. Carefully wipe off bottle EVERYTIME you open it so any crust that may have formed in cap threads dosen't get in the bottle or in the new coffee filter.

Allow it to set frets down until it dries to the touch. Get out new coffee filter and apply AGAIN....same routine. You should be able to get 3-4 coats a day this way.

(NOTE: I have had to work in a dusty environment and found it necessary to wipe the surface down with a VERY LIGHTLY DAMPENED clean lint free cloth (With naphtha) between coats...naphtha will remove Tru-oil that has not fully cured, so it should be just barely damp to remove any dust etc.)

Lint free cloth is like the cheap micro fiber from the Auto department in Wal-mart.

I like 8 coats on Maple, you may need to put on 10-12 or more on Mahogany to fill the pores depending on the piece of wood. I found one neck that took 15 coats before I was happy.

So the point here is to SMOOTH it out while applying, not after. The filter will do a very good job of that. When you are finished, allow it to CURE for 7-10 days depending on how high the humidity is. (40-50 %) Higher takes longer.

If you want a soft, dull finish (Satin) rub it down with 3M imitation 0000 steel wool (No metal shavings in finish with 3M) Buff with denim or other similar cloth.

If you want a high gloss, go thu the steps outlined in the polishing post as you would with any other finish. It will polish as well as Lacquer.
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