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Forum topic by TDog77 posted 08-24-2013 01:44 AM 1617 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TDog77

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08-24-2013 01:44 AM

So long story short I have not posted here in a while due to the fact we are building a new place and a new shop for me!!! but I need a quick fix and am not well versed in the finish world like so many of you and don’t have much time to research it. I have some older hard maple stain grade cabinet doors that were finished in tongue oil and I need a quick compatible finish to make them pop with some sheen for a sell in our very tight real estate market.


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JAAune

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 02:12 AM

The tough part about giving advice for this is that the tung oil is almost definitely not tung oil and probably doesn’t even have tung oil as an additive. Most of those products labeled as such are really just polyurethane or some generic type of varnish thinned down enough to be easily wiped on with a rag. In other words, I have no idea what type of finish you’re dealing with.

You’ll have to do a bit of testing to determine what can go on top safely. If you’ve got a shelf or perhaps some hidden part of a cabinet to use, give the surface a good cleaning, lightly sand it with p600 sandpaper then apply a wiping varnish to the area.

I generally use Simple Green or Murphy’s Oil soap to clean old finishes I’m prepping for refurbishing. After that’s been removed I’ll sometimes give the surface a light scrubbing with green ScotchBrite and alcohol or lacquer thinner. Exercise extreme care if you do use solvents though as it’s easy to damage the finish instead of cleaning it.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 08-24-2013 04:35 AM

I use urethane top coat after the tung oil. It will bond with the tung oil on the first coat. I can get flat up to glossy sheen. Now my confession. I was told about the bonding by the instructor at wood crafters. I would imagine its true but I’d say some of the guys around here probably have more experience than him. What I can say is I’ve been pleased with the results.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 08-24-2013 05:57 AM

A coat of dewaxed shellac will allow you to top coat with any finish. Just clean the surface with some naphtha first and then use the shellac ,after it’s dry you do a light sanding with some 400 grit ,wipe off then recoat with the finish of your choice.
Here’s a good choice.

http://www.generalfinishes.com/retail-products/oil-base-top-coats/arm-r-seal-urethane-topcoat#.UhhK4dKmh40

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 08-24-2013 12:59 PM

Jim, thanks for the cleaning and prepping technique.

I know the urethane works well with tung oil but I would not have used the naphtha for cleaning. You saved me from making a mistake. Thank you sir!

FYI – I should amend my recommendation. The urethane top coat I use is the same one Jim recommended. It seems to me that the instructor at wood craft gave me some good advice.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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TDog77

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#5 posted 08-24-2013 01:20 PM

It was the Minwax tongue oil finish and that is a good point….I have no idea if it is actual tongue oil.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#6 posted 08-24-2013 11:25 PM

This is embarrassing. Better I admit it than lead some astray. a1Jim said to use a coat of de-waxed shellac. That is exactly what I have been using. To call it Urethane was a mistake of ignorance. It is an Oil and Urethane topcoat. At this point, I’m a little smarter. I’m glad Jim stepped in to straighten my nonsense out. Again thanks Jim.

I have been using the product Jim recommended because I listened to my betters and bought what they told me to buy. I think the results are stunning – no mater how ignorant I have been.

TDog. I recommend that you trust Jim on this. Best of luck.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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TDog77

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#7 posted 08-25-2013 12:40 AM

I do, he has not steered me wrong yet. I cannot wait to get my shop up and running again so I can tap back into the community. Without a doubt the best forum community that I am a part of. Thanks for the quick help guys.

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HerbC

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#8 posted 01-15-2015 09:25 PM

Hey, Bill!

Why don’t you go try to MARKET somewhere else?

Herb

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#9 posted 03-05-2015 01:13 PM


Hey, Bill!

Why don t you go try to MARKET somewhere else?

Herb

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AGREE 100%

-- Bill R

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tommglass

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#10 posted 03-13-2015 06:53 AM

This time of year is perfect to renovate your home, especially that you have to build a new working shop for you and a new room for the entire family. Also, an Ipe decking will be great to have in front of your home. You can go sometimes here to work, of course, if the weather permits it.

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HerbC

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#11 posted 03-13-2015 05:40 PM

You too, tommglass, take your marketing attempts elsewhere.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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