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Gorilla glue as a finish?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rojo412, Oct 8, 2017.


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  1. J-Bassomatic

    J-Bassomatic

    Mar 30, 2017
    Canton OH
    I'm presuming you have experience in this?:roflmao:
     
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  2. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    So here's the amateur showdown: TruOil Vs Gorilla Glue

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    APPLICATION:

    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.

    COLORATION:
    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.
     
  3. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Good thing he's extremely accurate!
     
  4. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Good job, @rojo412 ...
     
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  5. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Science! How much of modern life is the result of people smearing sticky stuff onto objects to see what would happen?
     
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  6. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Gorilla Glue is possibly one of my least favorite consumer products of all times.
     
  7. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY



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  8. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Literally, not touching that one.
     
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  9. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
  10. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Your time is spent better on anything else ;)
     
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  11. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    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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  12. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    16 Failed Soda Brands You'll Never See Again
     
  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Well, though, to be honest, how many of us ever need to glue a gorilla?
     
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  14. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Hell, I wouldn't be a married man today without that kind of experimentation! :laugh:
     
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  15. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    And of course, Smearing Sticky Stuff would be a good album name.
     
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  16. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    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.
     
  17. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016

    Really cool.
     
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