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Forum topic by JimRochester posted 06-04-2016 07:40 PM 265 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2016 07:40 PM

I am working on a treasure chest project for a friend of mine. This is the project that goes on forever. I started ages ago promising to work on it between other projects but I can’t get this thing finished. Today I’m finally working on the final steps, I dry fit the top to the bottom and it’s too small. I recheck the plans and sure enough, the plans call for a top that’s 1/4 inch too small, so I tear apart the case and make that smaller. Now I’m ready for the finish. I grab what I thought was mineral spirits in a spray bottle. As soon as I sprayed it I realized there was a problem. It smelled rather fishy instead of petroleum and it immediately turned the oak top green. Really green. I resanded heavily but there is still a green tint.

Any ideas on what I could have used? Do you think a stain will cover the green? Am I an idiot?

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#1 posted 06-04-2016 07:49 PM

Did you have green paint in your sprayer? The mineral oil could have diluted it. Did it really smell like fish?? Picture would help.


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#2 posted 06-04-2016 07:55 PM

All containers should be clearly labeled as to their contents, especially if you repurpose a container for another chemical, you will have to find out what it is to then find out if there is something to neutralize it, might be best to start over, not an idiot mistakes happen

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#3 posted 06-04-2016 08:20 PM

No it was just a plastic trigger spray bottle with a clear liquid in it.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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