Removing Tru-oil from rosewood fretboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by flyingfinbar, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. How do I do it? I'm finishing my first neck with Tru-oil, and i accidentally got a few spots on my rosewood board. How can I spot clean them? Thanks!
  2. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    You could buff it off with #0000 steel wool.*

    *I am not a luthier and I barely passed woodshop in high school.
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  3. I have that! I'm assuming I should wait for it to dry?
  4. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    Yeah, I would wait for it to dry hard enough so it can be buffed out without smearing it all over.
    I doubt that it will soak very deep into the rosewood, or at all, so it shouldn't take much.
  5. Cover your pups if you use the steel wool. You don't want those metal fibers on there.
  6. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Use a razor blade as a scraper and have at it. Just use some lemon or mineral oil when you're done.
  7. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scraping might be a bit extreme if it has soaked into the rosewood. Is it bad? Could you simply add tru oil to the rest of the fretboard and blend it all in?
  8. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    alcohol will melt it and you can wipe it off if it's not fully cured. It takes about 2-3 months to fully cure. I would scrape with a razor and wipe with a wet alcohol raw after I taped off the back of the neck. You have more of a chance of screwing it up with stool wool or sandpaper and getting an uneven result. Sharp brand new razor lightly scrape back and forth FWIW
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  9. Turps or thinners should lift it while wet. Then you can use your steel wool to remove any that's soaked into the grain.