Keep in mind this is what’s given me a good looking finish. It’s basically a buncha methods used at various stages based on the surface of the piece of work.
So after a few more coats using the bottle of oil, Japan drier, and mineral spirits, I’ve come to realize how great a combo this makes.
After your initial coats using a rag I suggest you try this. It’s not a very sophisticated method but it really works well once the surface is smooth and dry.
Before you do this you should have at least 4 coats on and have wet sanded the surface and wiped away the residue. Check your piece by looking at it from a shallow angle and checking if there are any sand throughs ( they will have a different sheen). Best way to prevent sand throughs and halos is to make sure whatever thickness coat you decide to put on you apply evenly. Also by looking at this from a shallow angle you can see the coverage of the oil ( I’ve included a picture to show you how this looks). When you started you’d have seen all the areas where the oil wasn’t soaked up and the shiny areas where the oil had set up.
Put on a nitrile glove ( or any glove that’s not cloth) and take just a drop of oil on your finger and start dragging it around one small area of your guitar. The idea is to stretch this little bit as far as it will go while maintaining a uniform consistency. Look from an angle and use at least two lighting sources. One that small drop is used, quickly start the next area an try to keep the overlap even. This way you’ll end up with a micro-thin super even layer. If you move quickly then the oil will settle down and the small streaks will level themselves out. Once again DON’T GO BACK TO RETOUCH.
I got impatient and just put a few drops at a time and just took my entire gloved hand and began spreading and rubbing it all over like a kid finger painting. It wasn’t graceful like I said but nevertheless it got the job done and pretty well too. So choose your method and give it a try.
I believe this to be the method thy gets me the kind of high gloss finish I love.
After a few days o cure time ill sand till 2000 then apply 3m Finesse it II and then 3m Hand Glaze. I’ve used this on some test pieces and its pretty much a lacquer looking finish!