Finishing a bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chris J, Jun 30, 2001.

  1. I'm going to be putting a finish on a Swamp Ash body and I wanted to know a few things before I started. Will tung oil darken the wood? If it does then I wanted to put on tung oil and then give it a high gloss finish. Will this work? Is it a bad idea to put lacquer over a tung oil finish?
  2. Hi Chris.

    I think it's true to say that anything you apply to virgin wood will darken it to some degree or other: even humble water will do it.

    I'm not sure it's right to apply two different coatings on wood. I reckon if you oil it first, then you've got an oiled finish for ever. Applying varnishes or similar over oil will not work at all as far as I understand the thing. There are some who say an oiled finish looks better anyway.

  3. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
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    You will get some darkening depending on what type of tung oil you use, but this could be a desired effect and make the wood look richer. If you want a high gloss finish I suggest you get the body as smooth as possible, there's a product called "Micro Mesh" that is amazing. The fine abrasives in this product will give you a very smooth finish depending on how much time you put into it.

    Personally I like a matte finish on my bass and have used Minwax Wipe On Poly with very good results.
  4. If I put a blue stain on the wood first. Would I still be able to put tung oil over it?
  5. I dont konw jack about the blue finish but the tung oil and the laquer i know will work