Hi Brian, just discovered you and your wonderful site today as I was planning on starting my acoustic guitar refinishing.
My question is this, I prefer a matte or satin look on the back and sides. I read elsewhere that to achieve that I’d do maybe four layers and then give it a go over with the 0000 steel wool and leave it at that.
Would you agree that that’s the best way to go about it? FWIW the guitar is spruce top with solid maple back and sides. It has a reddish finish and I decided to go with the natural look and really let the wood come through.
Thank you for the question. Tru-Oil is by nature glossy, so any time you want to reduce that, you will need to abraide the surface. If you go aggressively, you will create a much flatter surface. If you go lighter, you will reduce the sheen but not as dramatically.
It’s easiest to let the natural sheen come through and then let it age over time. Maintaining a consistent sheen with sanding can be tough, especially if you are trying to get it even. You can try micro mesh if the steel wool reduces the sheen too much.
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