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[*] posted on 10-17-2019 at 12:27 PM
Sanding and polishing


A friend had an old oud with some cracks and bad scratches. It also needs some repair. Iím wondering whoís got experience with sanding and refinishing the back. Looking for ideas if I should use certain polish or varnish.
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[*] posted on 10-18-2019 at 04:05 PM


Started sanding. Iíll probably will be doing French polishing.
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[*] posted on 10-18-2019 at 08:51 PM


DO NOT SAND THE OLD FINISH. The back may be thin already and certainly will be after you sand it. You might just ruin it if it gets too thin.

If it's shellac finish (most old ouds), rub it off with 0000steel wool & alcohol. Orther finished may need a stripper, but DO NOT SAND!




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[*] posted on 10-19-2019 at 01:11 PM


Thank you, Iím afraid I did it already. Didnít run into any issues. But now Iím gonna need to find out how to apply the shellac. Do you have a brand that you recommend?

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[*] posted on 10-19-2019 at 10:37 PM


I use TruOil varnish applied with a pad like French Polish. It's much more durable than shellac.



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[*] posted on 12-5-2019 at 08:02 PM


Richard are you talking about Tru-Oil gun stock finish? Iím embarking on a restoration myself...
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[*] posted on 12-9-2019 at 08:22 AM


Yes thatís what he meant, the gun stock finish I believe. I put on the oud that I sanded and worked well. But make sure you use a lint free cloth and you have to apply multiple coats. I did probably 5 coats.
I really need to find the best finish on ouds. I know most ouds have a sprayed finish.
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