Removing Tru-oil from rosewood fretboard

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

  1. flyingfinbar

    flyingfinbar Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Long Island, New York
    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.
    nbsipics likes this.
  3. flyingfinbar

    flyingfinbar Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Long Island, New York
    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
    reverendrally likes this.
  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.
  10. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Jul 29, 2021

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.