Finish/laquer question

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  1. Joe Harvatt

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    I'm wondering what would happen to a mahogany body that was stained (cherry) and then not buffed or lacquered or sealed.

    Would the finish rub off on clothes etc?
     
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    No-one knows?!
     
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    I think your best bet if you want to keep that bare wood feel is tung oil.

    Not a good idea to leave the stained wood. Don't know if it would rub off per se, tung oil finishes are awesome.
     
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    The stain would absolutely bleed onto things that it touches. How much will depend on the stain. I would at the very least put on an oil finish to seal it up. For what it's worth, I'm lead to believe that most mahogany is normally not stained, but covered in tinted finish.
     
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    Any kind of stain has the potential to come off if you don't coat it with something else. Stains sit on top of the wood rather than in it, and if it gets rubbed or wet or anything else, it's likely to leave a trace on whatever touches it. There are some products that are combinations of stains and, for example, polyurethane, but they may not be good for guitars. If you're looking for a natural color, you can also check out danish oil -- the Watco brand comes in a variety of different shades, and while it doesn't provide the kind of protection that a drying oil or a lacquer does, it gives some protection and looks and feels great. If you want something heavier duty I'd suggest a catalyzed tung oil like Waterlox or Formby's -- pure tung can be a pain in the ass to work with unless you have controlled humidity and temperature, and lots of time. Something like Waterlox can be applied over dyed wood (haven't tried it with stain).
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm gonna be going for a sort of grimy finish, maybe even slightly patchy. So perhaps stain and then tung oil (or the equivalents mentioned)?
     
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    A more concise question might be, how would I finish a mahogany body to look like this?
     
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    Metal_Webb Needs more strings

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    Oil of the Tung :yesway:
     
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    Can tung oil be applied on top of any wood stain?
     
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    You could apply an ebony stain and then rub it back but not too much so you lose all the black stain and put the cherry stain over all of it then tung oil.
     
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    I have done this with multiple guitars. I have stained them, and used tung oil to finish it. It sets the stain very nice, while keeping the natural feel. I typically use Minwax stains
     
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    Thanks man, I'll check out minwax. Seems hard to get hold of guitar stains in the UK.
     

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