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Posted on Homemade "wiping varnish" remains fragile/soft. Cover with straight varnish?

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 01:34 PM

Think basic oil varnish blend best for easy and fast results: one part varnish or poly, one part BLO to one part solvent/thinner. Since BLO can have higher percentage of mineral spirits & other dryers to oil in it not sure need Japan driers. Have to check label & MSDS for contents of your varnish, BLO, solvent/thinner.

Most instructions for applying oil varnish blends say flood the surface wait five minutes to an hour to wipe off excess oil. After 30 minutes check for finish bleeding and wipe that off. Products will give a specific wait period between coats. Wait times can vary a lot because of product ingredients and relative humidity, wood species, and open or closed grain woods.

I would not use oil varnish blend on oily woods.

I apply lighter coats, vice flooding the surface and wiping off excess, found this procedure gave me better results, does not really save time. Only started mixing my own after tired of throwing away half to three quarter filled quarts that went gummy.

Stopped using oil varnish blends because of time required, lack of sheen, and protection.

Wiping varnish mo better and easier to mix and apply. Wipe on, do not wipe off, let dry steel wool or lightly sand between coats. Can get a build of finish 2 coats of wiping equals one coat of varnish. Easy to mix 50% varnish or poly to 50% mineral spirits or naphtha. If want faster drying time up amount of varnish or poly and use naphtha as thinner.

-- Bill

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