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#1 posted 09-28-2018 07:18 AM

I use T&T finishes on many smaller projects. Primarily use it for items where I want a minimum amount of film build, so the beauty of wood shines. My wife likes to call it a ‘naked’ wood finish, as it almost seems like bare polished wood without a finish.
My experience with varnish oil taught me that using 3+ coats to create a thick film requires much more cure time than label suggests. Here in AZ, initial 2 coats can be done about 8-12 hours apart. But I have to wait 36-48hrs between rest. If wood has any figure that behaves like end grain (absorbs oil), have seen T&T Varnish oil behave similar to straight BLO and weep oil (or stay gummy) for over a week. I would expect your 5 coats will need 2+ weeks to harden.
T&T Varnish Oil can develop a nice film finish if you have time to wait; but if I want project to have a durable film finish in less than a week, I apply 2-4 coats of Arm-R-Seal polyurethane (or spray lacquer).

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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