Guitar Finish Oil

Oil finishes

Oil penetrates the wood to build a protective layer upwards. This remains more elastic than fe a lacquer and is less vulnerable, but it gives less protection against bumps. With a regular use of your guitar, that will not be an issue.

An oil finish gives a natural look with a transparent light straw to amber color. You can vary in the gloss level from mat, to satin and even a high gloss can be achieved. The method of application is of importance for the gloss. With oil you can leave the pores of the wood open for a natural look, but you can also sand in the oil for a natural grainfiller. The TLC Guitar Finishing Oil is suitable to use as a finish over a suStain color, or colored itself with sustain Solids.

Application of oil is relatively easy, a brush, cloth, paper towel and sanding paper is all you need. In general, 4 – 8 layers are sufficient with 2 – 4 hours between the layers and 1 -2 weeks of curing, which makes it reasonably quickly. For maintenance, once in a while a new layer can be applied.

It is important to let used cloths dry flat outside due to the risk of self-combustion!

Our oils:

Guidelines Tung Oil Danish Oil Guitar Finishing Oil Solvent-free Guitar Finishing Oil UV+ Lemon Oil
Hardness (least hard 1 - hardest - 5) 2 3 4 4 1
Building capability (least 1 - most 5) 2 3 3 3 1
Flexibility (little 1 - lot 5 ) 4 4 4 4 1
Color transparent amber transparent light amber transparent light straw transparent light straw transparent
Gloss (depends on application, the higher the gloss, the smoother your base must be) satin satin - high gloss satin - gloss satin - gloss mat itself, but gives extra gloss on an oil finish
Prep - sanding u/i 600 u/i 600 u/i 600 u/i 600 u/i 600
Prep - with open pores Optional with sanding in method or grainfiller Optional with sanding in method or grainfiller Optional with sanding in method or grainfiller Optional with sanding in method or grainfiller Optional with sanding in method or grainfiller
Prep - sealing/priming N N N N N
Application method Brush, sponge, cloth, sanding Brush, sponge, cloth, sanding Brush, sponge, cloth, sanding Brush, sponge, cloth, sanding Brush, sponge, cloth, sanding
Minimum no. of layers 6 6 4 4 1 to 6
Drying time between layers 24h 4h 4h 4h 4h
Curing time 1-2 weeks 1-2 weeks 1-2 weeks 1-2 weeks  
Finishing Rub with slint-free cloth Rub with slint-free cloth Rub with slint-free cloth Rub with slint-free cloth Rub with slint-free cloth
Polishing Optional with lemon oil Optional with lemon oil Optional with lemon oil Optional with lemon oil Optional with lemon oil
Maintenance Clean with lemon oil. A new layer in due time. Clean with lemon oil. A new layer in due time. Clean with lemon oil. A new layer in due time. Clean with lemon oil. A new layer in due time.  A new layer in due time.
Compatibel - suStain Concentrate* Not tested Not tested as finish over as finish over Not tested
Compatibel - suStain Solids* Mixed with Mixed with Mixed with Mixed with Mixed with
Compatibel - suStain Mica* N N N N N
Compatibel - Metal flakes* N N N N N
Safety** Let used cloths dry flat outside due to the risk of self-combustion Let used cloths dry flat outside due to the risk of self-combustion Let used cloths dry flat outside due to the risk of self-combustion Let used cloths dry flat outside due to the risk of self-combustion  

 

* Finishing products and product combinations should always be tested before use
** Follow the complete safety instructions on the packaging