Arm R Seal not settling on Walnut Burl

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Forum topic by Woz posted 03-10-2014 01:52 PM 1061 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2014 01:52 PM

I am having trouble getting Semi-Gloss Arm R Seal to settle on the Burl portion of the attached. The veneer is adhered to 3/4” Baltic Birch w/ Contact Adhesive. Used Datco Natural Danish Oil on the bare veneer-allowed to dry in my Basement workshop for 3+ weeks in ambient 65-70 degree & under a fan for the last week. The arm r seal (4 coats) appears to bubble & not settle into the burl. I sanded everything off yesterday back to bare wood. Thoughts/suggestions?

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 04:13 PM

How long did the Danish oil sit before you applied the Arm R Seal? How thick was the veneer? Could the contact cement have ‘soaked’ through sealing the wood from penetration by the oil? Lots of questions but no real help.

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 06:47 PM

Skip the danish oil. It’s not really adding anything to the project.

Also, try some of the arm-r-seal on a scrap of the burl veneer not glued down to make sure the problem isn’t the arm-r-seal.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 06:55 PM

Couple of questions: 1) I know that the satin and semi-gloss have additives that need to be stirred every 15 minutes or so or they fall out of solution. I don’t think that would affect drying or adhesion (I think it mostly makes it more glossy), but worth a look. 2) if it is not “settling” in the burl, does that mean you’re applying a thick coat? It is made for very thin coats.

If neither of these apply . . . never mind.

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 09:22 PM

The dumb question of the day. Is there any way the can may have been shaken?? I had some shellac that someone walked by and shook while I was out on a call. It cause fish eyes all over.

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 01:52 AM

Great ???’s. after sanding the finish off I realized that some of the contact cement had eased its way thru the burl-definitely going back to cold press glue!! I sanded thru the veneer in a spot-there is now a shiny silver dollar inlayed in my wife’s new tabletop :-). Arm r seal was brand new, 1/64” veneer +/-, applied all thin coats w/ t-shirt. I appreciate all of the suggestions. The table top now has that “want to touch” look/feel & has that bar top depth of beauty to it after many, many hours of sincere patience.

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