Guitar DIY // Part 4: Oil

Guitar Oil Intro 2 Well kids, we're finally at the point with our guitar project where it's starting to look pretty legit. It feels so good to say that! This DIY was a big undertaking in a short amount of time, and we're very excited to see it come this far. Keep reading for the down low on oiling your stained guitar!


There aren't many supplies for this step of the process, but it's crucial to have the correct ones. First, to sand between each coat, we used a grade 00 steel wool. Before oiling the next coat, it's important to rub a piece of tack cloth over the surface to remove any debris. Finally, the oil we used is called Tru-Oil. It is a gun stock oil that cures and hardens with each coat, creating a very strong and protective surface.

Note: the stain we used to get the green color is Minwax Emerald Wiping Stain, and the how-to for staining can be viewed here!


To apply the Tru-Oil, we tried many different applicators before finding the perfect one. Surprisingly, the most successful option were cosmetic sponges used to put on foundation. They were don't leave any residue behind, and also create pretty clean strokes.


After protecting your hands, place a cosmetic sponge wedge over the top of the Tru-Oil bottle and tip it over to get a small amount on the sponge. With this product, a little goes a long way. Each side of the guitar only needed 2 or 3 sponge fulls of oil.

Coat the front, back, and sides with the sponge. Take your time to create a clean look, leaving no drips or streaks behind. Then leave the oil coat dry for 2 hours.


Here is our makeshift drying rack. We rigged the guitar onto a clothes hanger with some tied plastic cord. We then hung the body in an open area (in our case on a hi-hat cymbal stand) with a fan for ventilation.


After giving the proper amount of drying time, you are ready for another coat of Tru-Oil. To prep, sand the entire body with a piece of steel wool. This will feel a little taboo at first because it roughs up the nice polish, but that is what helps the oil adhere after each new coat.


Lastly, rub a piece of tack cloth over the entire body to pick up any debris left over from the steel wool process.


Continue applying oil, drying, and sanding. Here is what the body looked like after 3 or 4 coats. It is shiny, but nothing compared to how it looked a few coats later...





Jake and I are so pleased with how this guitar project turned out. We learned a lot along the way, and would do some things different next time, but that's all part of the process, right? For now, this just might be the last you see of this guitar on here for a while. Since I am off to Europe on Saturday, Jake will be left to work on the neck and all of the wiring on his own. We hope you have enjoyed this 4-part series! Perhaps one day we can share the final finished product with you! Thanks for joining us!

Want to make your own guitar? Check out all 4 steps of the DIY guitar series: 1/2/3/4

P.S. Stop by the blog tomorrow for an exciting giveaway!