"Linseed, danish and tung oils are well known for spontaneous combustion...
There are many documented cases of garage fires from a rag... a friend recently lost his garage, and nearly his house to a pile of oily rags. His garage door was open, the…"
"Let me say up front I do not play myself and am new to guitar building. I am now working on my #11 since deciding to build a few for grandchildren starting back in November. I am a retired professional boat (yacht) builder so do know a few things…"
"My latest go-to has been a rattle-can of spray shellac quick and easy and dries fast.
and yes the finish does impart character to the tone and timber, the search is still on for the secret formula that Stradivarius used"
"Hi, I gave a detailed reply but it's gone missing. Two points of note tho.
Many many Highly regarded luthiers use shellac "French Polish" on their very very expensive guitars.
There is a product called Hard Shellac, but it is made…"
"I think what Taffy is demonstrating is micro thin coats - several of them, sanded in between. It's gotta be fairly thin 'cause I can still see shadows from the wood grain (beautiful stuff, btw). Even the nitrocellulose they use on…"
"Hi, I find the thickness of shellac coats is really governed by the ratio of shellac flakes to metholated spirits and the number of coats applied. I use a thickness that possibly could not be measured. And light sanding between coats gives a very…"
"Hi all, I am surprised that nobody has used Shellac. probably one of the oldest finishes.
Easy to mix as required
Easy to apply by brush or pad
Dries very quick
great for pore /grain filling
Ok under most finishes I've used
"I've used all kinds of oil finishes.. unfortunately, it's harder to get Tru-oil in CA anymore... ugh.
Do be careful with ANY oil finish... lay out your rags flat to dry, or in a metal paint can... these things can catch fire...…"