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Do you have to remove oil from exotic woods before finishing with Polyurethane Gel?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Skips, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. Skips


    Feb 19, 2003
    On very oily woods used for fretless fingerboards, is it necessary to wipe them down with naptha, or will the finish stick to it anyway?
  2. You can wipe the surface and remove the oil from the surface but you can't keep it from coming back. The oil inside the wood is your enemy here and there's nothing you can do to make it go away.

    You should really try to just polish these woods. You'll find that the sheen rivals satin poly. Any thing else will eventually come off with use.