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#1 posted 09-07-2014 01:07 PM

Hi Folks,
I’ve been hacking at wood projects for a while now, but just getting set up to talk forum talk on it.
So HI!!

I’m planning out my finish for an African Mahogany platform bed.
I picked up some Sherwin Williams Fast Dry oil varnish. I’m guessing it’s a non-poly varnish, which I like for the absence of a plastic look.

I’d like to thin it and wipe it on to first, speed up the dry time as I’m in a dusty climate, and two, let it penetrate the grain further.

Thinking that cutting it with mineral spirits would work fine, but it also looks like it has toluene as another carrier.
Would cutting it with toluene/xylene be an option to speed up the tack time?

I don’t want to go all the way to a lacquer for a speedy finish, so looking for something that can still be wiped, but also cure fast enough to keep the dust at bay.

Thanks for thoughts!!


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