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#1 posted 02-20-2010 03:45 AM

Beetroot. If you have used the minwax tung oil finish, you have basically varnished it. Adding “poly” will just add more layers of varnish and will not seal in anything, just add more fumes. Both have to fully cure by oxidation. IF the finish is on the inside, you will need to let it dry open, for at least a week, and probably more (up to a month). Higher temp (not over 120 degrees F; 50 C) will speed things up after the first 48 hours.

Best “hard” finish for interior compartments where fumes are not wanted is shellac, with lacquer being the second best.


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