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Posted on Can a mineral oil finish be dry to the touch?

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 03:17 PM

I put mineral oil on a expandable trivet almost 2 years ago that I gave to a friend. It did eventually dry and now looks awful so I would never use that on anything other than a food contact board or bowl that you will refresh periodically. I think that the MO dries through evaporation so to speed it along, which could take months, warm air and a fan blowing on it may be your best hope. You could try filling the interior with sawdust, wood shavings or finely shredded paper for a while to absorb as much of the surface oil as possible first. You need to wait until the surface looks dry before refinishing. Even then, I don’t know what affect any residual MO will have on it accepting a new finish.

For the look it sounds like you want, boiled linseed oil or Danish oil are the way to go. I like Tried and True Varnish oil. It is basically an old school BLO with a little natural resin for a little extra surface protection. It takes many coats before you get a satin finish. They have one without the varnish too. A satin wiping polyurethane thinned even further with mineral spirits can also give you a similar look. All of these require multiple coats and you simply stop when you achieve the “natural” look you are shooting for.

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