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Forum topic by econsigny posted 832 days ago 996 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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econsigny

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832 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tung oil linseed to blo finish ventilation smell

I recently asked how bad BLO smells because I thought I may be finishing a piece with it in a not so well ventilated basement.

I got a lot of responses, which varied, and I would be interested to see what everyone’s opinion is across a variety of finishes and not just BLO, seeing that I haven’t had much experience with any.

So, Tung Oil? BLO? Water based finished? Oil based?
What smells, what doesn’t?
What cannot you ABSOLUTELY NOT finish indoors?
What’s most sensitive (to temperature? light? ventilation? other stuff?) and least sensitive?
And anything else you can think of- I’m just looking for some insight into all these different options.

Furthermore, consider it being applied to walnut.

EDIT: What is most resilient? Think of it being applied to a coffee table that will be used by adults.


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404 - Not Found

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#1 posted 831 days ago

Rustin’s Danish Oil. It’s the worst smelling product I have ever come across, and the smell lingers for days. Nice finish though.

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willie

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#2 posted 831 days ago

I’ve used some catalized lacquers that were extremely nasty smelling!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 831 days ago

The odor of a finish that hasn’t dried/cured shouldn’t even be a consideration in its choice.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 831 days ago

Spar Varnish was the worst in terms on stench that i have used. Never had any probalems with BLO in my basement shop.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 831 days ago

Consider water base finishes the have a lot less odor. Many of the older finishes like Blo and tung oil can take a lot longer to dry than more modern finishes ,keeping the smell around for a long time.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 831 days ago

I hate the oder from Liberon Black Bison paste wax. It lingers for days too. Guess I was expecting a smell like shoe polish, but it has a very putrid smell to it.

I would like to know how to get the lingering order from finishes out of cabinets, chests, and trunks after they are finished. Some seem to last for months and sealing them doesnt seem to help.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 831 days ago

I really only use a few finishes; zinsser sealcoat (dewaxed shellac) and crystalac I spray indoors with a boxfan and filter in the window sucking out the exhaust. Can’t even smell the finish during use.

I use krylon and rustoleum spray paints too, but not indoors.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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