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#1 posted 09-29-2018 12:58 PM

I’ve only noticed the tackiness when I haven’t sufficiently wiped the remaining finish an hour or two after after applying a coat. In fact, I usually sort of buff it vigorously with a coarse shop rag to the point of generating a little heat from friction. (I have actually applied the VO as a friction finish on the lathe and in my experience it appears that the heat from the friction does make it setup much more quickly.) And if there is any tackiness left when you are ready for the next coat, don’t apply the next coat until it is gone. If it doesn’t’ seem quite ready at that point, I usually buff it again and wait until it feels smooth to the touch before applying the next coat. BTW, I bought my can of T&T VO about 3 years ago and It does seem like it takes a little longer now than when it was fresh for each coat to feel smooth and ready for the next coat than it used to, though it could be that I am just more impatient these days or environmental conditions in my shop are different somehow.

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