Finger Prints in Tung Oil Finish - How Do I Remove?

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Forum topic by mrg posted 12-23-2011 06:51 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2011 06:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple oak finishing

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holiday.

I have a question. I am just finishing up a box made out of maple and I have put 3 coats of Tung Oil on it and noticed that I have a couple of fingerprints and I can’t seem to buff them out. I applied a little more oil and the same thing. I was wearing nitrile gloves when applying the finish.

Any suggestions on how to remedy the situation? Would a coat of wax help?

I would like to get this thing finished so I can put my hinges on and get it wrapped up to give to my nephew on Christmas.


-- mrg

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 06:58 PM

any chance the finger prints were there before the finsih went on (glue for example)? wax at this stage will not make them go away but would seal them in.

it sounds to me that you probably should sand with 600 grit wet or dry and a bit more oil as the lubricant. let it dry over night then put on a final coat of oil, let dry and then wax if desired.

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 07:10 PM

Actual fingerprints in the finish , or skin oil fingerprints on the project from handling it before putting your gloves on ?

I guess either way , I would sand the finish back down to bare wood ,wipe the project with denatured alcohol while wearing gloves to remove and avoid oily fingerprints, let dry and start over with the finish .
Or ,tell your nephew that the fingerprints are your signature and see if he complains , or thinks it’s cool : )
Offer to refinish it for him after the holidays if they bother him : ) Let him know that you wanted it to be perfect , but stuff happens in the shop , and you can fix it if he desires.

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