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Forum topic by jacob34 posted 01-02-2013 01:05 AM 921 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2013 01:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: boiled linseed oil rubbing varnish lacquer

So I have a project that I have decided to step out of my comfort zone on the finishing. I am going to use boiled linseed oil because I am using pine and really like the look of pine with boiled linseed oil on it. I want to use a rubbing varnish on it for a top coat. I have never done this before I always either just use BLO or I use lacquer. I am curious how long should I need to let my BLO dry before I can apply the top coat. I am kinda in a rush so I may haft to scrap the idea and just go one or the other. Also is there any difference in using rubbing varnish vs. lacquer as a top coat?

I have read that you need to wait 24 hrs before applying the varnish, problem is that the project is for someone else and I am not sure I have the extra time.

Thank you in advance for your advice

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 01:22 AM

You can mix 1/3 BLO, 1/3 varnish and 1/3 mineral spirits

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 01:48 AM

BLO is just the base of a lot of oil based paint, use it as such. Put it on, cure it and go from there.

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 02:40 AM

Tim’s plan works well OR you can forego the BLO and make your wipe on with Spar urethane. It has oil in it and tends to impart a similar look to BLO.

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 02:00 PM

I don’t have much to add that’s hasn’t already been said Jacob. You’ll find Tim’s solution cuts down the drying time substantially.

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