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johnhutchinson

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01-05-2014 01:08 AM

Maybe I should be asking if ANYONE ELSE uses WD-40 as finish, because my brother does. He sprays it on, sands with 400-grit wet/dry paper, and buffs with an old cotton t-shirt. He gets spectacular results and the semi-gloss finish seems to last forever with no discoloration of the wood. Even his work in cherry, which is prone to oxidation, stays bright for years.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"


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Texcaster

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 01:17 AM

I haven’t tried it as a polish but it’s great for knocking out wasp nests!

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 01:25 AM

Never. It might function like kerosene, which stains
wood. Some old timers were known to use used
motor oil. Many if not most oils will polymerize from
oxidation and thus sort of harden up on the surface
of the wood.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 01:28 AM

Guess I have never heard of that before. I will be interested to see the posts.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 01:35 AM

What Can’t you use WD-40 for, other than on your morning cereal or evening martini? I think Ill grab a piece of scrap tomorrow and give it a try.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 01:51 AM

I read somewhere that it’s been used to refinish hardwood strip flooring.
Wonder if it’s non-slip? :)

What my brother seems to be doing is creating a micro-filler slurry for the wood. I recently saw something on Woodsmith where Don was using a similar technique … but not with WD-40.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 02:00 AM

we used automatic transmission fluid
on the teak at a boat company i worked for in florida

it was cheaper than teak oil

worked ok

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 02:27 AM

gonna try it

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#8 posted 01-05-2014 02:38 AM

follow up question. Has anyone used duck tape as a finish?

yeah me either!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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johnhutchinson

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#9 posted 01-05-2014 03:17 AM

Okay, go ahead, knock yourself out with a good yuck. :)

He used WD-40 exclusively on the rotary box we published with American Woodworker. We told them what he used, but I don’t think they believed it because they never revealed the “secret”.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 01-05-2014 04:53 AM

I never heard of using WD-40 as a finish but then again I haven’t heard about many things that work as a finish. I guess I will have to give this a go myself :-)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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lab7654

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#11 posted 01-05-2014 05:03 AM

How does it smell after it…”cures”? The smell of it gives me a headache whenever I use it. I wonder if it repels water?

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#12 posted 01-05-2014 05:34 AM

WE used it as a touch up for trim work that was already finished. Worked great.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#13 posted 01-05-2014 05:57 AM

I have seen others use it but I have never tried it as I think the smell would never really go away and that would not be very desirable.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 01-05-2014 06:17 AM

You learn something new daily

-- Norman

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johnhutchinson

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#15 posted 01-05-2014 06:25 AM

For those who have been asking about a smell after it cures, there is none that I can detect.

I think the WD-40 finish must be a wooden clockmaker “secret”. That’s my brother’s primary area of interest. Makes sense, I guess.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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