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 Post subject: French Polish The Neck?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:58 am 
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After looking at a bunch of FP posts here, it sounds like a lot of folks only FP the bodies and use tru-oil for the necks. Does anyone truly recommend one way over the other? Are there any draw backs to either method (specifically on the necks)? I tru-oiled my last 2, and plan to FP the 2 on the bench in a couple weeks and I'm ready to make my plan!!! Thanks.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:21 am 
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I have FP'd the head but not the neck. IMHO, FP isn't durable enough for the expected wear on the neck. Since I started building again a few years ago, it has been tru-oil, spar varnish or lacquer for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:32 am 
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I am all nitro but agree FP is not durable on the neck
Wipe on poly and tru oil are good alternatives over Nitro

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:20 pm 
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Excellent advice! Thank you very much. I do like the feel of the tru-oil on my other guitar neck...so I will go that route. Looking forward to French polishing the bodies though! I'm not quite ready to attempt nitro at-home, and sending them out for finish isn't within the budget at the moment.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:06 am 
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I use polyurethane on the neck and the faceplate. It's a lot more durable. I fp the box. IMO, shellac brings out that "3D" depth of the wood grain and figure.


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