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DBinNC

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I'm a newbie to guitar building and this forum. Trying to get a tru oil finish on my Stewmac 000 kit guitar. Used tru oil from the bottle to fill grain as per advice on this forum, and worked well but took 5 coats. So far so good. Then I switched to the spray. The spray won't harden after sitting for almost 24 hours. Kinda sticky and gooey. Do I just need to wait and be patient or could the can of spray be old/defective/funkified? Any advice from you guys would be a blessing. Ready to tear my hair out and I don't have that much left to start with.

Jun 18, 09 | 10:29 am
matthewrust

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Don't know about the spray... I used the sealer/filler in the bottle along with pore filler and got it done in 2 apps. Then I used the actual Tru-Oil out of the bottle with a cotton cloth and it is a bit tacky but able to be handled within a couple of hours. Maybe you are spraying it on too thick?

Jun 18, 09 | 1:43 pm
matthewrust

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PS. I am also running a dehumidifier to keep 40% RH... If you are in the midwest without one, you may be near 70 or 80% RH and that would definitely cause it to stay tacky longer.

Jun 18, 09 | 1:44 pm
DBinNC

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Matthew: I purposely sprayed a really thin coat. The stuff out of the bottle dried really fast but not so the spray. I have pretty good climate control in my shop-70-75 degrees and 40-45 %RH. If it dries in the next couple of days, I think I'll bail on the spray can and go back to wiping on with cotton ball wrapped in cotton t-shirt material. Thanks for the reply.

Jun 18, 09 | 2:24 pm
Ken Hundley

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I had the same issue with the spray bottle. Put on a nice even coat, but took at least a day to dry. Heat helps. Also....it does not burn in well when combining layers of spray vs. bottle, so if you choose to change the way you apply, sand it back to wood.

Jun 18, 09 | 10:22 pm
matthewrust

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Ken, after it dried, was the finish the same as the stuff from the bottle? I like the idea of a spray better and may try that if you got good results.

Jun 19, 09 | 4:14 am
DBinNC

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I was gone for a couple of days,just got home and it's still not dry. I can actually leave fingerprints by pressing on it. I'm going to take a scraper to it to try and remove it. I'm pretty sure the can of spray I got was old or something.

Jun 21, 09 | 12:24 pm
Ken Hundley

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Not old, just just not the best stuff for this project. Stick with the wipe on.

I ended up sanding off what I sprayed on.

Jun 22, 09 | 10:05 am



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