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Forum topic by Rustyempire posted 09-20-2016 12:07 PM 243 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rustyempire

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09-20-2016 12:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: armrseal wiping varnish ash finishing question

So I have an ash hardwood floor we installed ourselves that has had 3 coats applied so far of an oil/varnish blend (We mixed 1 part Tung Oil, 1 part Citrus solvent (instead of mineral spirits) and 1 part McCloskeys Spar urethane). This went down with each coat being rubbed out and allowed 3+ days between coats. It looks fantastic so far and I’m happy to have a finish I know is repairable without much fuss. My question is: should I mix the last few coats with a higher concentration of the Urethane and less Tung oil for a more durable finish? Or should I entertain using something like ArmRSeal over top instead? It sounds like a recipe for disaster but I have to ask. Bad idea? meh? Or… What do you think?


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 09-20-2016 12:38 PM

My question is: should I mix the last few coats with a higher concentration of the Urethane and less Tung oil for a more durable finish?

Yes, Arm R Seal is an oil varnish blend and not much different from what you have been using. I’d go with straight varnish as a top coat. Not sure whether thinning with citrus solvent is a good idea or not, I’m not familiar with it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 09-20-2016 12:53 PM

Bondo is correct. Go for it, full sstrength.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Rustyempire

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#3 posted 09-20-2016 02:56 PM

Thanks Bondo and Gene. I thought my idea was deeply flawed! But yes they are both wiping varnishes so it should work if my other coats are cured… Perhaps going over with a ultra fine grey pad (not steel wool) would be a good idea first to insure a good bond.
FYI Bondo: the citrus solvent is pure heaven as a substitute for mineral spirits! No blinding headaches, no respirator needed and of course it smells fantastic! I’m happy to pay the higher cost associated as MS is miserable to use.
I’ll try to upload a pic of the kitchen area after 3 coats

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