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Forum topic by Dannen posted 03-17-2017 02:12 PM 370 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dannen

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03-17-2017 02:12 PM

Hello all.

I’m pretty new to finished wood projects and I’m having an issue & not sure how to resolve.

I just made a desk surface out of untreated 4×6 Douglas Fir. I then stained it with one coat of “Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain Dark Walnut #2716”. After drying for 48hrs I then wiped it down with a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil. After allowing to dry 24hrs I did another coat of the Linseed Oil.

Now I have random spots that are ‘graying’. I don’t want to use a polyurethane coating, but I do want to have a somewhat finished surface with a bit of lustre to it, not just the plain dry wood look.

How do I correct the ‘graying’ and give it a bit of moisture/shine without using polyurethane?

Any advice is appreciated.


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JCamp

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#1 posted 03-17-2017 02:34 PM

I would say several more coats of BLO should help. If not I believe they sale gloss, semi gloss and flat poly so you could always try that if a few more coats of BLO doesn’t work

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 03-17-2017 03:11 PM

More BLO or shellac.

I agree poly is not my favorite.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Carloz

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#3 posted 03-17-2017 03:24 PM


More BLO or shellac.

I agree poly is not my favorite.

- pintodeluxe


Polyurethane is not for look, it is for protection.

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Dannen

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#4 posted 03-17-2017 03:37 PM

I’ll try additional coats of the BLO and see what that does.
Thanks.

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 03-17-2017 03:52 PM


Polyurethane is not for look, it is for protection.

- Carloz

Well, I consider a finish for protection as well as adding aesthetic value. Oil based poly looks good, but dries too slowly. The look of water based poly never did anything for me, although it may have value for natural color projects like unstained maple for instance.

Shellac and lacquer are two topcoat choices that really add depth and color to a project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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