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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

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 470 days ago

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

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#2 posted 470 days ago

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 470 days ago

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 469 days ago

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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