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Forum topic by SkipV posted 11-17-2014 03:58 PM 1208 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2014 03:58 PM

I have some walnut salad bowls that were finished with a glossy finish when purchased. I’m guessing that the finish was some type of varnish. Left in a sink of water by someone who didn’t know better, the finish blistered and peeled. By scraping and sanding I’ve removed most of the old finish. The wood looks clean but I can’t really tell if I’ve removed all the old finish on the sides of the bowl and I know that the old finish is still on the inside bottom of the bowls (scuffed and smooth but still there) where it is difficult is either scrape or sand.

Here’s my question: I’d prefer to refinish the bowls with a wood oil finish rather than a varnish salad bowl finish. But would I be creating a problem putting oil on when I know that at least some of the original finish it still on the bowls?

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 10:17 PM

When turning salad bowls only thing use is mineral oil the laxative and give buyer a bottle to reapply as necessary.
In your situation hard to recommend anything because do not know your definition of oil finish. Many oil finishes on the market nothing more than resin, oil, & solvent.

Might take a look at “A recipe for one sweet finish,” at bottom of this article.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 10:51 PM

I don’t think it will be a problem, there is only one way to really know, however. It is not going to make it worse, so if it were mine I ‘d do it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 11:19 PM

I should have been more specific in my initial post. The oil finish I’ve been using is a product by Wisconsin Hardwoods, Snow River Products and is pure mineral oil. I use it on our cutting boards and want to use it on these salad bowls.

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 04:09 AM

Thanks for both comments. I applied the pure mineral oil, no problems and the bowls look great, better than when they were new. The oiled areas and the bottom on the bowls where I wasn’t able to sand off the varnish finish blended together very well.

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