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Forum topic by AESamuel posted 01-26-2015 03:26 PM 493 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2015 03:26 PM


As I am on a budget I really like to make the most out of whatever finishes I buy. I tend to use Danish oil quite a lot and I’m starting to foray into making my own wiping varnishes as well.

My question is about the excess (unused) oil and wiping varnish and what to do with it. I decant some of the danish oil into a separate, clean container and then use either a foam brush or kitchen paper to apply it so could I just pour the excess straight back into the original can or will there be any issues?
If I mix up 50/50ish varnish and mineral spirits into a wiping varnish and keep it in a sealed glass jar then will it last, and if so how long? i.e. will it last long enough for me to use it on multiple coats of one project, or will it last long enough to be used over and over again on different projects?

Thanks very much in advance for any advice!

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 03:36 PM

I wouldn’t put it back into the original can. I mix and store mine in canning jars. I wish I could tell you how long it keeps, but it’s different with every jar I mix. But keeping it in a fridge (not the one with food in it) helps, and I’d say you would get at least several months storage. This would be for both the purchased stuff and the home brew. You probably know that with home brew varnish, it’s a short step to homemade danish oil: just mix BLO with the wiping varnish, a common formula is 1/3 each.

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