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Luthiers: How fine should I sand my bass prior to oil finishing?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Saint, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    How far should I go in sanding my walnut and maple bass prior to finishing it with tung oil or an oil-varnish mixture?

    How far do you go prior to oil finishing your basses: 330 grit, 600 grit, 1000 grit, 1200 grit, etc.???

  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Most people go to 320 or 400 for a tung oil finish. Be sure to look very closely for scratches you may have missed. When you put the oil on, they will become more readily visible.
  3. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    Thanks. Any other advice, anyone?
  4. DP Custom

    DP Custom DP Custom Basses

    Feb 7, 2001
    NC, USA
    I think the operative word here is "before"..

    up to say 240 or 320 is what I'd say before the tung oil is first applied, to allow it to penetrate well..
    but after one or two good soaking coats, and a couple days of drying, I'd then recommend sanding down in progressively finer grits all the way to 2000, then doing a final thin coat..

    dave p.