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Forum topic by Billy E posted 07-17-2014 07:45 PM 855 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Billy E

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07-17-2014 07:45 PM

So I have epifanes clear varnish and woodfinish matte. I also have some accelerator. If the varnishes are thinned (maybe that doesn’t matter) and I add the accelerator, about what kind of life do I have for this mixture before it goes bad? I’ve never used this before but I think it is sortof like Japan dryer. At first, I was thinking that if I add the accelerator, then it would all polymerize where it is pretty quickly and after 1-2 days what was in the can would be unusable. Then I started thinking that this is awfully similar to the additives in BLO, which has a pretty decent shelf life. So… if I add the accelerator, could I continue to use that can for a while, or should I expect it to go bad quickly? Thanks for any experience or relevant observations.
Billy

-- Billy, Florence SC


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#1 posted 07-17-2014 09:15 PM

FYI I found this information, which was very interesting, especially in regard to use if the pure accelerator.
http://www.ellcee.com/downloads/2746/Epifanes%20Accelerator%20for%20Paint%20&%20Varnish1.pdf

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 01:08 AM

Based on what I’ve read, the accelerator is really not like japan dryer. It’s more like japan dryer plus resin. In fact, it’s pretty thick. I’m testing a mix of 2 parts clear varnish, 1 part accelerator, 1 part turpentine. The goal is to harden the varnish to make it more suitable for interior use. Yes, I could buy Waterlox and do the same thing, but that’s just another product for the shelf and the epifanes is slightly less expensive. This might end up being a test that is only interesting to me!

-- Billy, Florence SC

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