How to Get a Really High Gloss with Tru-Oil

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Westfarthing Woodworks asked 6 months ago

What about wet sanding? Either every three or four coats or at the end? And if wet sanded, his would I achieve a high gloss?

I’ve seen guitars that were tru-oiled and very glossy, but no one seems to be able to explain.



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Westfarthing Woodworks answered 6 months ago

Thank you Phil. Tru-Oil sets up on the surface like a varnish, and builds a coat. This is different than an oil, and you can take advantage of this property to get a really high sheen like you mention.

There are a couple ways to do this. First, you can apply one final really thin coat of Tru-Oil after you steel wool the first several coats level. This will restore the gloss, and give a nice, shiny look.

The other method is to apply several layers, a few more than normal, and then wait a couple weeks until the finish has fully cured. Steel wool very lightly to even out the surface, and then buff with polishing compounds or hand rub the finish to a high sheen.

You can make the piece look so glossy that it looks wet if you use polishing compounds and a buffing wheel. You can get the same thing by hand with compound and a rag, but it will take a much longer time.

I have a post you can search called “How to Buff Wood to a High Sheen” and it shows the process on bare wood but you can do the same thing to a finish and get an incredible gloss.

I hope that helps. If you have any more questions please let me know and I will be glad to help. Happy building.

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