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Swamp ash and ding-resistancy - that is, what finish?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Frank Martin, Oct 8, 2005.


  1. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    This has been on my mind for some time now.
    I love oil finish. The way it looks and feels.
    However, I'm afraid it won't be enough to protect this swamp ash back.
    Even when it arrived, there was a big ding in it from shipping.

    I'm curious how hard these hardening oil finishes get.
    Maybe I'll just go with what Hambone advised and try to get Truoil and then some polyurethane.

    What has been your experience so far?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. not hard enough. Keep in mind that truoil, poly or lacquer will not protect your instrument from dings.
     
  3. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I understand that it won't make it absolutely ding-proof, I'm just curious which ones are harder and ding less, and which ones are easier to repair.
     
  4. lacquer is the easiest of the film finishes to repair.
     
  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Ok, thanks!