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06-07-2011 03:34 AM

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I think I seen some where all wipe on poly is is poly mixed with blo. Will it work with BLO mixed with brush on poly. A lot of my projects are from the lathe.


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#1 posted 06-07-2011 03:52 AM

Tage Frid popularized a formula which is a wipe on poly with the proportions of 3:2:1.

3 parts paint thinner or mineral spirits which is the solvent to make it workable

2 parts poly which gives it durability and moisture protection

1 part BLO or tung oil which enhances the grain.

This the basic formula of commercial wipe on poly but much cheaper to make and you are not sure of the ingredients in stuff like Watco.

This was taught to me recently by Gregory Paolini at a finishing course and I have used it good results.

So the answer to your question is yes but you may want to mix it with mineral spirits to make it easier to work. The exact ratios are negotiable.

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 03:57 AM

Wipe on poly is poly/mineral spirits mixture. I use this quite a bit at 2 or 3 parts poly to 1 part ms.Very easy to apply but takes a LOT of coats to build a finish[20 coats on my last Jatoba table]. I have also used blo,poly,ms in equal parts but didnt feel the blo added a lot and it prolongs the dry time. If Im wiping a finish I like Spar/ms as the spar has enough oil to really bring out the grain like blo but dries quicker.Dont know anything about finishing turned projects but someone here will.

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 05:08 AM

DO NOT get confused with wipe on poly and oil/varnish blend.
Wipe on poly is thinned down varnish already done at the factory. You can do it your self using mineral spirits, naphtha, turpentine.

oil/ varnish blend is usually boiled linseed oil and varnish mixed together.
1 part varnish, 1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part thinner.

You can change boiled linseed to tung oil also.

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