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Forum topic by gr8outdrsmn posted 12-22-2008 01:25 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2008 01:25 PM

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OK, I have carved a Greenland Kayak Paddle and am ready to apply my finsh once I do my final sanding. I was going to use 120 grit for the final sanding. I plan on applying a Tung Oil finish (probably 3 coats). This paddle is made of pine and it has a really HEAVY grain. I did a test peice with one coat of tung oil and it really made the deep grain shine when the light hits it. My question is, do I need to sand in between each coat of finish or just reapply? This will be my first time applying a finish, and I want it to look good.

This paddle will be strickly decorative, it will never see the water, haha. There is no way I could ruin my first real project.

Any adivce here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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#1 posted 12-22-2008 02:44 PM

With a wipe-on varnish, which is what you are using, you need to let it dry and then lightly roughen the finish using 220 grit sandpaper or 0000 steel wool between coats. Add additional coats, sanding between coats, until you get the sheen that you want.

One additional note I would add is that with my finishing routine for pine I generally sand the raw wood to 220 grit starting with 120 and progressing through 150 and 180 grits as well and removing the sanding dust between grits but there is a valid argument in stopping at 180, if it is going to be a natural finish. Another point is that end grain will be more porous than long grain so it should be sanded to a higher grit (280 or 320 for example if you stop at 220) to even out the wood’s appearance.

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#2 posted 12-22-2008 06:29 PM

Some tung oil finishes are wiping varnish (Formby’s) but most are an oil varnish mixture(minwax).



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