mineral spirits on cured varnish/danish oil

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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 02-19-2009 06:55 PM 1442 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2009 06:55 PM

I’ve got a project that has multiple finishes. It has a panel that has a shellac finish and a walnut frame that was coated with danish oil. If I want to wet sand the shellac (using mineral spirits with the sandpaper to prevent clogging and get a smooth finish), will it cause damage if I get some spirits on the frame? The finish (watco danish oil) has cured for a couple weeks now. I know I can test on an inconspicuous spot, but there isn’t really an inconspicuous spot and 2 weeks is a long time to wait to create a test piece. I’d love any advice someone could provide!

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#1 posted 02-19-2009 08:51 PM

I use baby oil for wet sanding my shellac french polish finishes. I then pull the baby oil off with mineral spirits on a paper towel. I would think that you could control the mineral spirits that way.

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#2 posted 02-19-2009 08:54 PM

thats an interesting solution. Considering this is for a crib, I wonder if my wife will mind me borrowing some baby oil that she may have gotten from the baby showers? not sure how that will go over, but maybe my next woodworking purchase will be from babies r us. Thanks Karson!

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#3 posted 02-19-2009 09:26 PM

The worst thing I can see happening is that the mineral spirits takes off a bit of the Danish oil. I doubt it would be a noticable amount, but you could always apply another coat of Danish oil to the frame. I don’t see it being a problem.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-19-2009 10:57 PM

Thanks Charlie,
I guess what I’m worried about then is when I reapply the danish oil, getting that back onto the shellac and being stuck in an endless loop. I guess I’m just going to have to hold my breathe and dive in.

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