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376 days ago

I’m looking at some lumber on a few sites including ebay. Some of these sellers are wiping the wood down with mineral spirits to give it the sheen of a crappy – in my opinion – finish. Will this evaporate fully by the time it arrives at my house? I want bare wood. If I were to use it for a project and leave it unfinished, would you be able to tell this seller wiped it down with liquids?

-- James - Semper Fi


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 376 days ago

It should evaporate within minutes of application James. I don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about. Most of the time I like to wipe my lumber with MS to check for tear out or just simply to see the grain a little bit better before I put a finish on it.

-- "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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#2 posted 376 days ago

Don’t worry about it.

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#3 posted 376 days ago

Ok. Thanks guys. It really looks awful the way these guys put the stuff on there. They do it obviously so the buyer can see grain and figure in a picture. But its so wet and disgusting looking when they use on-camera straight-on flashes with point and shoot cameras.

Note: If you’re selling on eBay or CL, pictures are everything. I’ve sold things for 50% more than other identical items because mine were clean, well photographed and well described with phone numbers and contact options. If you post without decent pictures, you’re throwing money away.

-- James - Semper Fi

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#4 posted 375 days ago

Your last paragraph says it all, pics rule. Even poor ones are better than nothing, and mineral spirits are much better than water (should never use water). In “real life”, mineral spirits work very well; in pics, maybe not so much but there isn’t a better alternative I’ve heard of yet (opinion?). Leaves no residue, doesn’t damage the wood, evaporates very quickly.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#5 posted 375 days ago

Yeah, it all comes down to the quality of the photos. Thankfully, putting MS on wood hurts nothing. If anything, wiping up the excess helps to clean the surface of dust.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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#6 posted 375 days ago

a lot of lumber and especially turning blocks are usually completely covered with wax to protect it from checking and drying unevenly which in photos look pretty horrible – but will clean nicely and it actually doing good to protect the lumber.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 375 days ago

No worries, mon : )
It’s the people that spray water on their offerings that really get to me, especially when they boast that the lumber is already kiln dried .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 375 days ago

Does a little spritz of H2O really make that big of a deal?

-- James - Semper Fi

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#9 posted 374 days ago

Well I have to disagree, if you live in the state of California. I just moved out here from Chicago about a year ago. Went to the store to buy some simple mineral spirits. The can says mineral spirits on it but it’s “California approved” whatever that means. I wiped some mineral spirits over a nice piece of Birdseye maple to get an idea how the grain will pop when finished assuming it would evaporate. This stuff leaves an oily residue behind. A week later this oily substance is still on the wood. I got it off with a lot of rubbing, but I’ll never do that again.

Summary: If it’s not “California Approved” you should be good to go. If it is “California Approved” run.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#10 posted 374 days ago

Have to wonder which brand of MS you used that didn’t evaporate and left an oily residue behind.
This brand I’ve used quite often and is also approved in CA.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3QS9BI#productDetails

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 371 days ago

a spritz of water may leave a bit of a stain on the surface, but that’s easily removed. If a sawyer hoses down wood to make a good pic out of it then it can easily start a staining process that “soaks” into the wood, much more troublesome; if it’s maple, very troublesome. Water really should be kept from wood, it’s a good practice.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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