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#1 posted 12-12-2011 06:00 AM

Make sure to also stay away from tung oil then too.

The thing I’ve noticed when using Salad Bowl Finish for a board is that with time, the SBF wears off. You then have to decide if you want to lightly sand it, then re-apply more SBF and wait several days for it to cure before using the board again, or simply begin using mineral oil to reseal the board. With this approach though, the board will darken where it’s used the most, as that’s where the mineral oil will be most readily absorbed.

You could use something that is more beeswax or carnauba wax-based and that will likely help with the color issue, but will not provide as much “deep” protection for the board as a saturated/near-saturated mineral oil finish.

I don’t have any explanation on the color difference when using mineral oil, but am curious to hear why that happens.

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