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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rojo412, Oct 8, 2017.
I'm presuming you have experience in this?
So here's the amateur showdown: TruOil Vs Gorilla Glue
TruOil goes on very easily, soaks in, then gets re-applied pretty often until you want to let it sit and dry.
Gorilla Glue goes on like... glue. It's sticky, absorbs into the rag, and attracts a lot of stuff. Lint, dog hair, etc. Wiping on a second coat or trying to wipe off excess really feels sticky and gross.
Both are pretty similar. They add a slight amber color. Despite the pic above, the TruOil seems a little darker and defines the grain more in person.
As you can see, I left some tape on to get a "raw vs finished" comparison when this dries.
I'm going to let these dry for a day, then smooth them out and re-apply. The extra chunk of ash, I dampened the wood and applied the glue to see if that makes a functional difference.
- I haven't noticed any bubbles after about an hour, FYI.
At first blush, I will say this: @Thumpin6string and @Bruce Johnson basically nailed it - Why?
It's drastically less fun to apply. Gorilla Glue is like molasses or honey. It drags the applicator hard, collects imperfections, and frankly doesn't get the depth of the grain.
TruOil smoothly glosses over woods and adds a really deep look immediately. It's actually kind of fun to apply it because the more it gets worked in, the better the piece looks.
I will be continuing this test and seeing how things go. I mean, who knows? Maybe the GG is going to be crazy strong. Maybe it'll buff out better. If it has some major functional benefits, I'd definitely consider it for things.
But you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
Good thing he's extremely accurate!
Good job, @rojo412 ...
Science! How much of modern life is the result of people smearing sticky stuff onto objects to see what would happen?
Gorilla Glue is possibly one of my least favorite consumer products of all times.
Literally, not touching that one.
I'm trying to even remember what that tasted like.
Your time is spent better on anything else
I'm also now remembering some "gold" soda from the late 80's that was basically Coke and Sprite mixed together. I have at least another 90 seconds to spare before I have to do some real thinking today.
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Well, though, to be honest, how many of us ever need to glue a gorilla?
Hell, I wouldn't be a married man today without that kind of experimentation!
And of course, Smearing Sticky Stuff would be a good album name.
It's a little late, but the follow up is just brief info:
As expected, the gorilla glue fills the grain a little bit better than the truoil. Because of it's thicker viscosity, it manages to fill the pores nicely and can be sanded flat very well once dried.
Truoil is nice, but certainly requires more coats to fill the surface.
If I were to put GG into use, I'd probably use it for difficult grain filling or soft wood stabilizer more than a finish. But I still have to see how it acts as a finish, so stay tuned on that.
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