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Pete Tevonian

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 12:14 AM

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Sounds like my mix is certainly off. Is there some way to remove the excess BLO that will take a while to dry at this point? Meaning, can I wipe it down with Mineral Spirits to dilute and remove the excess. Or at this point do I just need to leave it alone and let it dry?

An earlier application to the base of the table took a LONG time to dry—as in two weeks, indoors. I know realize that was due to the high oil content. And Tim, you’re right. Now that you mention it, the recipe did call for Tung Oil, and after doing some reading, it sounded like BLO could be swapped in. Maybe that was another mistake…

Thanks for the input everyone!

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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