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Forum topic by BigD1 posted 12-26-2010 03:47 AM 1090 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2010 03:47 AM

I have a question for all the lumber jocks. I need to put a finish on a toy box…temp. will be about 42 degrees.
Would like to spray, but don’t have that option. Would like to brush on, don’t know if it will be to cold. Is there a wipe on finish I can use. Looking at a min-wax product. Any ideas for me? Can’t seem to get my shop much warmer than 40 this time of year. Help!!!

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 04:04 AM

You dont say what species of wood your are finishing. However, generally speaking, tung oil is a great and forgiving finish – wipe it on and wipe it off, repeat as necessary. I recommend you visit the Lee Valley web site and read their blurb on the product and see if that works for you. The temperature issue will slow down the cure but it will cure. On the plus side, time gives us time

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 06:44 PM

the temperature is going to be a problem. the finish you use will take forever to cure up if at all and with such a long open time you will have all the air particulate getting embeded into your finish, try going to a buddies shop with heat.(if possible)

-- rob, ont,canada

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 07:35 PM


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#4 posted 01-01-2011 08:18 PM

hobomonk has the right idea. Shellac works well in cold weather. One of the woodworkers in my club makes fine furniture for a living. Here’s his process: boiled linseed oil & a touch of wipe on poly (to dry it faster), then several coats of shellac & finally a couple of coats of wipe on poly on the top surfaces. I don’t know if the wipe on will cure at 40 degrees, but the shellac will. bob101 has a very good suggestion if you can work it out.


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#5 posted 01-03-2011 07:48 PM

Thanks for the reply back. I have popular and alder as my choice of wood. I’ll do some more searching. BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 08:28 PM

Shellac is my favorite finish all around. It will cure in cold temperatures
to be sure – but I would just bring the piece to a warmer area myself
since shellac hardly puts any smell in the air.

I “pad” it on usually, using french polishing technique.

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 03:09 AM

That can be a problem, even if you apply it at 50 degree, the curing temperature might be lower making it not cure properly.

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 03:47 AM

Shellac doesn’t cure, it just dries.

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