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Posted on Scratching head needing advise and or help with Lacquer and Tung Oil

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 04:19 AM

Randy, I am not a finish expert, but I can tell you what works for me. I have started using tong oil as the first coat on my boxes. It deepens the colors and gives me a richer look, and seals porous grains. I coat part of the box and then quickly wipe it off with a paper towel to even out the coat, reduce drying time and eliminate any runs. I don’t let the wet coat sit very long on most woods before I wipe it off. Then I give it at least two day’s drying time before a steel wool rub then applying the first of two coats of wipe-on poly with wool or sanding between coats. Finally, I apply Johnson’s paste wax with a 0000 steel wool pad. It is labor intensive, but the finish looks and feels great and holds up to everyday use.

-- Big Al in IN

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