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spamfilterman

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12-19-2010 04:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing

I put a few coats of Arm-R-Seal on some bookcases that I’m working on. I brought the doors inside about a week ago, and I can still smell them. And I can definitely still smell it in the garage where the rest of the bookcases are sitting. It all definitely feels dry.
So how long should you be able to smell it? Am I getting dain bramage right now? :-)


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#1 posted 12-19-2010 06:27 AM

Oil based finishes take up to four weeks or more to fully cure. The odor should be gone by then.

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 06:35 AM

Until it’s dry. :) It all depends on temperature, but quality modern oil finishes rarely take more than a couple days to dry unless the temperature is low or your Arm-R-Seal is very old. Old type oils like BLO can take weeks and weeks to dry.
Another reason it might be taking longer is that the first coat was not dry when you added more coats .

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 04:22 PM

I use this product all the time and cannot say I have noticed a problem of long lasting smell. The only two things it could be is what a1Jim said.

Put a couple coats of paste wax on them. Apply wax with #0000 steel wool. I always do this with all my projects. Maybe, that is why I do not have any smell. Goog luck.

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tom

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 05:27 PM

Well, it was definitely colder than I wanted when I applied it. The garage was probably in the 40’s or lower….

So should I leave it in the garage until the smell is gone? Or is it safe to bring in?

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 05:59 PM

At 40° it may never fully dry.

Did the finish get finger dents in it when you brought it in?

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 06:02 PM

Just read the post again, I skipped the comment “It all definitely feels dry.” Sorry.

I have never used this particular finish but it is difficult to imagine that it would have even felt dry in an environment that cool.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 06:45 PM

To clarify, in the last couple weeks it has been going below freezing at night, and then up to 40’s or 50’s during the day. I doubt my garage has dipped into the freezing temps though. Need to get a thermometer…

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