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Tung Oil Finish and Bodily Fluids

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rickbass, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Outdoor summer festivals are coming up and I'll be using a bass that is almost all tung oil-finished.

    Here in the Midwest US, summers are beasts for both humidity and 100+ degree heat. Based on past experience, sweat just runs down bassists' right arms on to the instruments, even if the bassist doesn't look act as though they're having a seizure. I've gone through 3 wrist sweatbands, minimum, at these gigs, even when playing at night.

    My questions are;

    - Can sweat wreak havoc on a tung oil finish???

    - Is there any special care I should give the tung-oiled woods afterwards??? (BTW, I always wipe down the instrument after any use).

    Thanks very much for any advice!
  2. steveg


    Feb 26, 2002
    I can't say how the body will fair, but I have two necks that I sanded to bare wood (mahogany) and tung oiled, and persperation doesn't seem to affect them at all.