Sanding Between Coats With Tru-Oil?

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Westfarthing Woodworks asked 9 months ago

Most instructions for Tru-Oil says sand between coats.

Yours says to apply several coats before sanding.

I’m A Little confused.


1 Answers
Westfarthing Woodworks answered 9 months ago

Thank you Holder. I have always applied a few coats of Tru-Oil before sanding, and have had great results every time. I also apply super thin coats, almost to the point of wiping just a wet layer on the surface and removing everything else.

This means the actual individual coats are thinner than normal. The finish sticks to itself really well, so after a few to several coats, that’s when I scuff or sand.

I’ve done a couple dozen guitars with this exact process, and every one of them came out great.

Don’t worry too much, just apply very thin coats, and wool near the end before the final coat. If you want to sand between them, you can do that too, just go very very lightly so you don’t go through the finish and down to the wood.

With super thin coats, it does not take much to break right through the layer.

Happy building.

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