BLO before wipe on poly?

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Forum topic by Mark posted 05-18-2011 11:18 PM 1971 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2011 11:18 PM

Okay, I’m just a simple man when it comes to finishing and I know alot of you ppls have crazy combos when it comes to finishing. Now is there a purpose to putting on BLO before poly?

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 11:24 PM

I don’t use it but a mate of mine swears it makes the grain pop by using BLO first…

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 11:27 PM

okay thx larry thats what i was suspecting…..does water just do the trick instead of blo?

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 11:47 PM

I always like to seal the grain with shellac or thinned poly first, you can then finish sanding with a thin oil which will help “pop” the grain, then finish with poly or oil or whatever you want
must admit I am not a fan of BLO, takes too long to dry and usually gives a blotchy colour acrss any end grain IMHO

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 12:12 AM

make the grain pop, you can also use dewaxed shellac for the same purpose. Don’t use waxed shellac or the poly won’t stick.

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 12:29 AM

Karson is right… blo then shellac, it will look nice.

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 12:34 AM

Mark….you’re not serious about that water question, are you????

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 12:43 AM

I love BLO. Mainly cause they won’t allow anyone to sell it in California. If they think it’s so bad, it must be pretty good stuff.

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 12:46 AM

Everyone has their own opinion on finishes. I like a coat of WaterLox, which is basically a tung oil, before applying multiple coats of MinWax wipe-on poly.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 05-19-2011 12:51 AM

BLO will pop the grain before the Poly topcoat

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#10 posted 05-19-2011 02:12 AM


the water is just for a quick look

but will raise the grain
so must be sanded lightly
proir to any finish

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#11 posted 05-19-2011 02:20 AM

I’ve purchased BLO in California before… found it at ACE hardware

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#12 posted 05-19-2011 02:29 AM

BLO or tung oil finish will pop the grain look.
What you can do is add BLO or tung oil with any your favorite poly(varnish) and thinned with paint thinner, naphtha.

It will become a oil/varnish blend. You dont need to buy Watco danish oi, make it your own at cheaper price.

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#13 posted 05-19-2011 03:21 AM

thx alot everyone….sooo many combinations. I’m just curious right now because I want to start testing different combinations to find out which I like best because I’m really getting bored of wipe on poly :/ ...I know nothing when it comes to finishing and I really want to practice on it because its my weakness.

-- M.K.

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#14 posted 05-19-2011 03:31 AM

Rich Greer, Waterlox is varnish, just made with a different type of resin than poly. It would do just as good on its own as (possibly better than) layering different varnish types.

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#15 posted 05-19-2011 04:39 AM

I use Spar/mineral spirits in a 2/1 mix and get the same look as blo with a much shorter dry time.

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