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Forum topic by WEASEL posted 11-08-2010 01:16 AM 827 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2010 01:16 AM

Can you thin down a oil base poly?

-- WEASEL, Anthem AZ

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 01:26 AM

Absolutely. Just use any compatible solvent such as mineral spirits. Manufacturers put the statement on the container due to legal implications if their product exceeds allowable voc regulations.

I generally make a wipe on poly by cutting it 50:50 with mineral spirits. You can buy commercial wipe on products but end up paying a premium price for essentially mineral spirits.

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 01:27 AM

Absolutely. Cut it 50/50 with mineral spirits and wipe it on. It’ll take more coats, however.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 01:27 AM

paint thinner…ive used it before…im no expert, maybe other will chime in who know other things , but its worked for me…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 01:32 AM

Weasel, I agree with the other folks. I am finishing a project right now. I always start with cutting the poly 50/50 with mineral spirits.

-- Phil G

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 05:54 PM

I also add pure tung oil.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 06:10 PM

I contacted Minwax a few years ago to find out about thinning for spraying, and what they said was. That they don’t recommend thinning their product, but then said that I could thin by 15%. Since then I have been doing what others have done by thinning by 50% for wipe on finish.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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