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Paint over linseed oil?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jayb118, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Jayb118

    Jayb118

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    Hi guys, I have recently bought some new wooden/pewter knobs on eBay for my bass which looked much darker in the picture.

    I was planning to try and paint the wooden parts but then saw on the advert that they had been treated with linseed oil. Would this make it difficult to paint them? If so, what can I do about it? (other than not paint them) I was thinking of using enamel based airfix paint.

    Cheers guys!
  2. JIO

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    As long as they are fully 'cured' there is no ill effect. I've done multiple coatings of tung-oil on a body and then finished w/guitar poly. The oil adds a certain amount of depth to a clear finish to enhance what's underneath whether it be wood grain or artwork.
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    Cool thanks for the reply! Should I try and sand the oil layer off? Or just paint over it?

    Cheers
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    sand only if it needs sanding, and if so use fine grit emery cloth

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