|Forum topic by JustJoe||posted 103 days ago||521 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
103 days ago
8 days til I head across country and I got sucked into making a couple of surprise gifts (can’t say what, someone reads this, pics when I get back).
I got all the parts for the first one made and sanded today. Early tomorrow I will assemble it. That leaves the finishing.
It’s cherry, rather plain figured, and I’m going with the standard wipe on mixture of BLO/Mineralspirits/varnish with maybe a bit heavier on the spirits so it will dry fast and I can add a few coats. This is a finish I trust.
In 8 days it has to go 2000 miles in the back of a pickup and needs to be dry enough to be wrapped in something without getting fuzzy. (so no all-in-1 minwax this time.)
BUT. I want the cherry to darken as much as possible in this week too.
Can I put a coat of the finish on very early , and then as soon as it is dry to the touch put it out in the sunshine for a few hours, and then repeat with another coat that night and then morning in the sun, evening new coat etc? Or do I have to put it out in the sun and let it get all dark first, and then try and apply a finish and hope it dries?
And also – I’ve got those T-whatever fluorescent lights in my shop, the ones that are supposed to be as bright as sunshine. I’ve got 8 of them, enough to signal the space shuttle. If I leave them on overnight will that be like extra sunshine, or does the darkening only work with the real sun?
thanks in advance