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Betsy

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09-08-2010 02:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sticky oil finish

I’m working on finishing my clock. I’m using Danish Oil which I’ve used numerous times with no problems. This is a brand new can of finish.

These are my steps.

Sand to 220
Clean
wipe on generous amount of oil
let the oil soak in 30 minutes
wipe on second coat
let soak 15 minutes
wipe off excess with clean rag
let dry 3 days (always set the pieces so that there is air around all sides)
lightly sand with 440 grit
clean
apply wax

Always works – no problems always looks great.

This time I did the final sand and cleaned but did not apply the wax as I ran out of time. Tonight I went to put the wax on and the finish is sticky.

Any ideas why this would happen? I’ve left off in the same spot before and never had a problem.

Any help is appreciated.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 02:55 AM

Betsy, is it a different type of wood than what you normally use? Your schedule sounds fine…. I have done the same numerous times. But I have had the experience of putting Danish oil on one of the oilier woods like cocobolo, and it remains sticky because it doesn’t want to soak in to the surface.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 03:09 AM

Red oak Charlie. I’ve never had any problem before now.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 03:43 AM

Betsy, did you change brands of Danish oil? There can be some marked differences. Watco, for instance, contains raw linseed oil that will take quite a while to cure. Deft contains boiled linseed oil which will cure out within 72 hours at current temperatures.

Another cause could be related to the wood itself. Oak, being porous, will readily absorb the oil and it can bleed out of the pores until it begins to cure.

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 05:02 AM

And humidity… Will add time…

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 03:01 PM

Thanks for the responses guys. Scott – I’ve always used Watco brand. I guess there’s always a first time, but I’ve never had issues with Oak and Danish oil. It’s just odd because the stickyness is only on my rails and not the rest of the clock. I’m assuming that most of the wood was from the same pile. The instructor brought the wood for the class, so I can’t be 100% sure of that, although I thought of that and put all the rails side by side, end to end, etc. and them compared them to the sides of the clock and the grain patterns match pretty closely so I’m pretty sure all these parts came from the same board.

Rich – the humidity may be a factor, especially right now, I’ve got my duck feet on today! But these boards were all oiled when it was pretty dry.

What’s my best solution? Should I just let them sit a while longer to see if they will cure or should I take other steps? If other steps, what would you do?

thanks all.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 06:30 PM

Betsy, one of the things that you can do is wipe down the sticky areas with a cloth/paper towel and mineral spirits. The mineral spirits will remove any residual oil and not affect the finish that has already cured.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 06:38 PM

I have removed stickiness with 0000 steel wool also.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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