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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 08-08-2013 03:38 AM 1091 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2013 03:38 AM

Well, sorta. I have never used mineral spirits to check my projects before applying stain but I did today for the first time. Boy am I glad I did. The piece looked ready to stain and was smooth to the touch and looked ready to go.

I put some mineral oil on a soft rag and wiped it down. Lo and behold, right in the middle were several scratches. I sanded it and wiped it down again. Still a small imperfection. A little more sanding and it was good to go. The stain went on smoothly with no imperfections detected.

I guess I have been living under a rock all these years. :-(

Going to bed a happy camper tonight.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 08-08-2013 03:47 AM

Awesome, Mike. Yep, it’s amazing what we miss when we THINK we’ve finished sanding.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 08-08-2013 04:16 AM

That is a technique that once learned will never be forgotten.

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#3 posted 08-08-2013 12:14 PM

It is words of wisdom that actually works.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 08-08-2013 12:43 PM

The thread title says Mineral Spirits and the thread content says Mineral Oil. So, which is it?

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#5 posted 08-08-2013 01:37 PM

Mineral spirits!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 08-08-2013 11:46 PM

I work with a lot of red cedar and it has many cracks in the knots that I fill with a mixture of white glue and sanding powder. If I do not sand off all the glue mixture from the surface it will show up very ugly when clear finish is applied. I use mineral spirits on a rag as a tack cloth and it shows up any spots I may have missed. It shows what the wood will look like with a clear finish on it without raising the grain.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#7 posted 08-08-2013 11:50 PM

Naphtha does the same job and dries faster if that is a concern for anyone.

-- Art

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#8 posted 08-10-2013 11:56 PM


-- Mistakes are good,learning how to fix them is better.

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#9 posted 08-11-2013 01:03 AM

+1 for Naphtha for drying faster….if you start to wipe at one end of your project, its almost dry by the time you reach the other end.. ;-)
IMO…a stronger smell the mineral spirits

Here’s a link that defines Naphtha

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 08-11-2013 02:17 PM


Thanks for the link. What an informative article. This is the definitive primer on solvents. I printed it out to keep for future reference.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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