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Posted on Sealing Carvings w/ Wipe-on Poly vs Boiled Linseed Oil

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 04:33 PM

I don’t believe your assumption regarding BLO is correct. It is used to enhance the grain of bare wood but, depending on the paint, it might have an adverse effect on adherence. If you feel you need to seal the wood before painting then dewaxed shellac is what most people use. Polyurethane is not necessarily a good substrate for acrylic paint. I would experiment with using the paint by itself if you want a solid color. I’m not convinced that any sealant is required or even desirable.

Always experiment on scrap before you apply a finish schedule for the first time on the actual project.

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