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#1 posted 12-17-2017 05:40 PM

I’ve done oil based poly alone and I’ve done oil/varnish blend. In my opinion the oil/varnish blend gives it a little bit richer tones.

For my oil/varnish blend I have used 1/3 Linseed, 1/3 Oil-based poly, 1/3 Mineral spirits. Or you could just buy a premixed product like waterlox. Wipe it on pretty heavily, then wipe it off til it feels dry. Do that 3-5 times. It’ll give you a very thin coat that doesn’t look plasticy in the least and looks beautiful. This won’t give nearly as good of protection against water or other liquids, but it is super easy to do another coat when ever you want.

You could just do 100% wipe on oil based poly to get a little heftier finish, but it won’t look quite as good.

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