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Refinishing a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassChuck, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Soon I will be involved with the project of refinishing a bass. I've never done any kind of woodworking (since Shop class 40 years ago) and need some advice.

    I like the look of Tung Oil. Is there a problem with this on a bass that will be used everyday for several hours?

    Should I finish the back of the neck with Tung Oil too, or is that a problem?

    I intend to spend a lot of time on this to get it right. Are there any other problems that I need to be aware of.

  2. Hi,
    I've had some very different experiences with varnishes/oils while renovating lately. Make sure you do a test strip to see how sticky it's going to be when its' dry - i know you already know this, but i made this mistake myself, and spent the rest of (THAT) day re-sanding and re-applying. :bawl:
    I refinished my bass about 2 years ago, and found that a standard satin-type varnish (thinned a LOT) applied about 4 or 5 times was enough. But it took me three different tins to work out which type was the best.
    Hope it helps.