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Forum topic by MrsN posted 10-02-2010 05:14 AM 1211 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2010 05:14 AM

I made some Christmas ornaments and used Boiled Linseed Oil as a finish, I have done this before and it worked well but this time it got really sticky. My method in the past was put it on, wait a bit, wipe it off and let it dry for a day or so. I am fairly new to finishes other then a spray can of polyurethane, so I might be doing it wrong.
I have a feeling that this last time I didn’t get the BLO wiped off well. Maybe causing it to evaporate instead of soak in and cure. Multi-tasking-mom with a three year old and a woodworking hobby don’t always mix well.
Another possibility is that the wood I used was from a dead tree in the yard, and was probably not completely dry. being still green may have affected the woods ability to soak the oil.
My big question is what do I do with these sticky ornaments? Should I sand/scrape off the sticky residue, and re-do the BLO, do I leave them alone longer until they finally are not sticky then do something?
Firewood is another possibility, I don’t have that much time into the project and have plenty more firewood I could cut up and make more if I wanted.
Any advise?

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 05:25 AM

use minueral spirits soaked rag to wipe the ornaments, this should clean off the BLO off of the top. then, just let them sit and dry for a week or so.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 05:39 AM

maybee you didn´t get it of good enough
but I´m wondering about the age of your BLO

old BLO and LO can realy behave werd in many ways

take care

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 07:41 AM

If you have some Poly’ & turp’s mix equal with your BLO & you will have a possible better mix to try depending on what type of timber you are using.
I must admit I am not too fussed on the blo & prefer to use a brew of about 30% (+ -) poly & turps as a good all round sealer,(add some colour if you want) sand back and give several coats and you should have a nice soft sheen to finish with what ever is your fancy. or just leave as is. It might just take a little longer.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 04:46 PM

MrsN, when you resolve this, I’d like to know the outcome. I have had a similar situation that ended up as firewood.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 07:19 PM

My suggestion comes from 40+ years of furniture refinishing and restoration.

Clean off the old finish and start over.
Shellac makes a good, quick and less problematic finish for Christmas ornaments.

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 07:51 AM

I agree with hobomonk 100%. shellac is the original hard glossy finish. China circa 1000 BC or more. A restorer’s trick—if an old piece of furniture is scratched up badly, say a chair or table leg—rub some shellac on it and be amazed. KB1

-- KB1KnoB

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 09:18 AM

Mrs. N, If you want a quick finish once you get the old BLO off, try a spray can of shellac or lacquer. I think you’ll be happier with the results than you would with the spray polyurathane.

-- Stumper, MN

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