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    Still4strings
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    Disclaimer/claim of innocence: When I wrote this article way back in 2002 it was a lot shorter. It got edited to make it more wordy. (?) It’s still short enough to read without napping. This is the finish I used on instruments to get a semi-gloss finish that highlighted the grain, protected the wood very well, and felt super smooth. Depending upon how you decide to buff the final coats you can get anywhere from satin to pretty good gloss. The application of wax (like Butcher’s Bowling Alley Wax) gives it a nice sheen and makes it slicker’n goose poop.

    https://www.liutaiomottola.com/PrevPubs/WipingVarnish/WipingVarnish.htm

    TL;DR – Sand it real smooth. Sand it smoother. Apply coats that are wet but not drippy. Let each one dry overnight. Buff with 0000 steel wool or equivalent after each coat dries. Clean it well. Repeat 10 or 12 times. Buff it. Wax it. Play it.

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    Clean it well. Repeat 10 or 12 times. Buff it. Wax it. Play it.

    Tee Hee Hee……

    There's something about this that's so black, it's like how much more black could this be?
    And the answer is none. None more black. -Nigel Tufnel

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    Clean it well. Repeat 10 or 12 times. Buff it. Wax it. Play it.

    Tee Hee Hee……

    “All threads become the main thread. Well, I try.” – Jeff “The Answer Man” Preston

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    Clean it well. Repeat 10 or 12 times. Buff it. Wax it. Play it.

    Tee Hee Hee……

    “All threads become the main thread. Well, I try.” – Jeff “The Answer Man” Preston

    Thanks for trying to play along, Jack. 🤪😁

    JP
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    Disclaimer/claim of innocence: When I wrote this article way back in 2002 it was a lot shorter. It got edited to make it more wordy. (?) It’s still short enough to read without napping. This is the finish I used on instruments to get a semi-gloss finish that highlighted the grain, protected the wood very well, and felt super smooth. Depending upon how you decide to buff the final coats you can get anywhere from satin to pretty good gloss. The application of wax (like Butcher’s Bowling Alley Wax) gives it a nice sheen and makes it slicker’n goose poop.

    https://www.liutaiomottola.com/PrevPubs/WipingVarnish/WipingVarnish.htm

    TL;DR – Sand it real smooth. Sand it smoother. Apply coats that are wet but not drippy. Let each one dry overnight. Buff with 0000 steel wool or equivalent after each coat dries. Clean it well. Repeat 10 or 12 times. Buff it. Wax it. Play it.

    Thanks, this is very timely since I’m about 3-4 coats into a wiped tung oil finish on the head case for my new amp right now.

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    Very cool. Informative, inspiring, thought provoking. Time to ponder.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    Very cool. Informative, inspiring, thought provoking. Time to ponder.

    It was the word “wiping”, wasn’t it?

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    Very cool. Informative, inspiring, thought provoking. Time to ponder.

    It was the word “wiping”, wasn’t it?

    Ed Zachary

    There's something about this that's so black, it's like how much more black could this be?
    And the answer is none. None more black. -Nigel Tufnel

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    Very cool. Informative, inspiring, thought provoking. Time to ponder.

    It was the word “wiping”, wasn’t it?

    I’ve been an inventor, since I was 10. I collect bits and pieces along the way, never knowing if or when I’ll need them, and then one day, it clicks. I wouldnt likely use it for guitars, but cabinets and furniture, I definitely wood.

    First, whack the driver, then, off the passengers. I want everyone in the car whacked off.
    ... Al Capone

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    Very cool. Informative, inspiring, thought provoking. Time to ponder.

    It was the word “wiping”, wasn’t it?

    I’ve been an inventor, since I was 10. I collect bits and pieces along the way, never knowing if or when I’ll need them, and then one day, it clicks. I wouldnt likely use it for guitars, but cabinets and furniture, I definitely wood.

    I’ve built furniture and used the same finish. It works well.

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    Very cool. Informative, inspiring, thought provoking. Time to ponder.

    It was the word “wiping”, wasn’t it?

    I’ve been an inventor, since I was 10. I collect bits and pieces along the way, never knowing if or when I’ll need them, and then one day, it clicks. I wouldnt likely use it for guitars, but cabinets and furniture, I definitely wood.

    I’ve built furniture and used the same finish. It works well.

    Two of my four basses are finished that way, kind of wish thay all were really.

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