Issues with Mahoney's Utility Finish drying

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Forum topic by gcap74 posted 06-25-2015 09:14 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2015 09:14 PM

I have been making a few end grain cutting boards over the last couple of months to perfect my design etc. For all of them to date I have sanded to 320, and applied generous coats of Mahoney’s Utility Finish, followed by a couple coats of the Oil Wax Finish. I’ve never had a problem with it until this week.

This time I made a board that I planned to give as a gift and for some reason decided to sand it to 600 using my ROS. I then went through the same procedure applying a few coats of Mahoney’s Utility finish. However, this time the oil does not seem to want to dry.

I have used Mahoney’s on a large number of wooden spoons and a few boards and never had an issue. But now it’s a week later and there is still an oily film on the board and occasionally there are wet spots that appear. I heated the oil before applying and have yet to apply the wax.

I was hoping to get this shipped soon to be in time for a birthday, but I am not quite sure what to do. Did sanding to 600 cause my problem? And is there anything i can do at this point to fix it?

Would the Oil Wax Finish create a wax barrier that may make it feel more dry?

Please help!!!

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#1 posted 07-01-2015 04:45 PM

Hard to answer your question without know what kind of relative humidity & temperature you are dealing with. Have to adjust for weather seasonal changes. Many people sand to 600 grit before applying an oil finish. You did not mention wood species that could also be important.

Sounds like that walnut oil wasn’t as dry as you thought before adding the oil wax mix. Only fix can think of is start buffing wood surfaces until no more oil seeps out of the wood.

Good luck with it and let us know how you make out!

-- Bill

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