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

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 03:28 AM

When I use my home brew, it’s equal parts blo, poly and thinner. Mineral spirits or turpentine makes no difference. Turps does smell better/worse, though. Thirty years and no problem.

I think you have applied too many coats without adequate drying time. Waiting for it to dry at this point will be fruitless. The first coats are locked in by the subsequent coats and will always keep the surface soft. YOu will need to strip.

On only the first coat do you flood and keep wet for several minutes. The idea is to wet dry looking areas. You’re trying to lay down a consistent looking surface. After a few minutes, wipe the surface dry. Keep wiping as wet spots bleed out. When it feels dry and consistent, let it dry for at least 24 hours. 48 is better. Then hit it with 0000 steel wool or a maroon pad, wipe off the dust and wipe on another coat. Unlike the first coat, on this and later coats, wipe on and wipe off after just a couple or three minutes. At this point, you are building the surface film with the poly and have no need for the oil to soak in further. It won’t anyway, hence your problem. Let it dry over night and repeat until satisfied. In this way, you won’t have any problems with dust nibs because the residue that holds the dust is wiped off.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.


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