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Post  Bob Salter Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:44 am

Ive tried danish oil but its a bit gunky. I tried friction polish but is was awful and took me ages to remove. Any ideas?

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Post  MichaelLoos Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:18 am

None - just polish the wood nicely and then apply a drop of almond oil.
What type of instrument is it for?
French polish can work but should be diluted. Linseed oil with superglue also works but can easily make it look like plastic.
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Post  Bob Salter Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:11 am

Its a UP C chanter. Linseed went sticky and gunky, and friction polish indeed made it look like plastic. I'll get some almond oil tomorrow.

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Post  MichaelLoos Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:36 pm

Never use linseed oil on tropical hardwoods!
Uilleann pipes are normally not finished, just polished and oiled.
Almond oil is good for the bore, too.
Apply sparingly, just a drop to give a nice shine.
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Post  Yuri Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:42 pm

I use linseed oil (a bath, no less) cut with turps about 50-50. All my instruments, reed and otherwise spend a few days sitting in the bath, playing with the yellow rubber duck, before going onto the rack to dry. The oil in question is strictly raw linseed oil, not boiled. THe latter will, indeed, leave some ghastly gunk all over the wood.
And, yes, I have used this on tropical hardwoods, though I very rarely work with those. It worked perfectly. Thing is, the oil soaks in, rather than covers the wood. As long as you give the wood a thourough wipe a few times after it's out of the bath, it will work very well. I also use native NZ black maire (don't try to find any, it's not exported at all, and even here I can only get it from friendly farmers prepared to cut the odd tree, it's not logged commercially at all.), well, it is oily in the same way as the tropical ones, and I invariably get very good results. But I also never put any finish on the surface of the wood. In my experience, it just desn't age nicely, whether lacquer, paint or whatever. It will invariably flake.
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