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Luthiers: Should I use Tung Oil alone or Combined With Shellac, Varnish, etc.?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Saint, Jun 4, 2002.


  1. Saint

    Saint

    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    I am planning to use Tung Oil on the walnut-bodied bass I am currently building.

    However, from reading the various posts in this forum, it has become unclear to me whether I should be using pure tung oil alone or further coating with something else like shellac, varnish or a light coat of urethane. Or are there pre-mixed tung oil/varnish products I should be using (kind of like Ken Smith's "Secret Sauce" which I guess is not for sale).

    Can any of you help clarify my Tung Oil options?

    Thanks.
     
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Pure tung oil does not dry well. Tung oil/varnish mixes like Forsmby's, Waterlox, or Watco are what you want to look for.

    Oil will not penetrate shellac.
     
  3. Saint

    Saint

    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    Thanks for the advice. Any idea where I could pickup Forsmby's or the others?
     
  4. The Wal-Mart near me carries Formby's Tung Oil Finish in the hardware section, on the same shelf as polyurethane.