Oil finish turned milky- Why? What now?

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Forum topic by Sumdume posted 12-18-2010 03:43 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2010 03:43 AM

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I am finishing a router bowl. I put 2 coats of oil on it and now some of the oil is turning a milky white color. The block of wood was spalted maple. The finish is a fairly new can of Watco Butcher Block Oil. The first coat of oil went on well and looked good. I sanded the first coat lightly with 400 grit then used air pressure and a rag dampened with mineral spirits to remove any dust. The second coat started turning color after curing for 3-4 hours. The portion that turned milky is only on a part of the bottom of the bowl on the inside.
Why did this happen?
What can i do about it?

I appreciate all the help I can get.

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 09:25 AM

Just a guess but perhaps the first coat wasn’t cured. Check the can to see what the recoat time is (I’m sure you probably did but===). If that’s the case and the milky look doesn’t go away, I’d sand it off and let the firts coat finish curing, then try again. You might also check Watco’s web site. They probably have A help line.


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