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Sanded my neck, now what?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rojo412, May 23, 2005.


  1. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Okay, just bought a Fender Jazz Plus from 93, US made, maple w RW board. It was in okay shape, but nicked up, so I sanded it... sanded it raw!

    I'm thinking Tung Oil is the way to go, because it seems easy to apply and feels great when done.
    Problem is, I have no instructions on:
    1) Will any tung oil work?
    2) How many coats should I apply?
    3) How finished should the wood be before applying oil? (What grain of sandpaper)
    4) Do I have to do anything special to prep it?

    And if anyone has any thoughts on why I shouldn't use tung and/or have a better suggestion, please let me know.

    BTW, it feels awesome raw.
     
  2. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I guess no one wants to help :crying:

    I just want to know, essentially, what finish is recommended for a maple neck, something relatively easy.
    Also, is it something I can pick up locally, like at Home Depot?
    And is Naptha the only recommended cleaner for a sanded neck?

    Help me, you're my only hope...
    Oh jeez, now you have me quoting Star Wars...
     
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    A wild guess ........fretless? Sand it down to at least 600 grit then use lemon oil. Just my opinion...t
     
  4. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I just sanded the back, the frets and FB are untouched. other than the edges.

    Needs a finish on the back side.

    I had it down to 1200 grit. Guess that's overkill at this point.
     
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I like a product called Qualasole for the backs of my necks. Formbeys tung oil finish ought to work well for you though......t
     
  6. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Are certain brands of, let's say, Tung Oil actually different enough to where they wouldn't work? Or is it personal preference? Because I'd be getting whatever finish from either a Hardware-type store (Minwax, Behr, etc) or from a woodworking supply store (Woodcraft).
     
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I haven't tried the others..t
     
  8. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Can you tung oil, then sand/alter the finish once it's on?
    Like, can you remove it if you want to later change to something else?
    Or can it be covered over?
    Can you stain a color, then lay tung oil on?
    What if I get the neck nice, tung it, then decide I want a smoother/shinier/rougher finish?
     
  9. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I don't know I haven't tried...t
     
  10. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Okay, did some research. Looks like the way to go for me is oil. It can be done as lightly or heavily as I want, it can be polished as needed, no special sprayer, booth, vent needed.

    Question is, what exactly do I need, where is the best place to get it, and how long does it have to cure?
     
  11. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Will TRU-OIL GUNSTOCK OIL work? Seems like a nice finish, is available at Woodcraft. Would it be better than regular tung oil, worse?
     
  12. this may sound bad but i just used the tungoil that was in my house. i used a new sock to rub it in. from wat i rember being told ull have to do it now and then. i sanded my mim jazz neck and just left it raw i know its a bad idea but i like the feel.
     
  13. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Do you know if the tungs in tung oil are beef, pork, or a mixture of both? And how many do you have to squeeze to get, say, a pint?