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

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#1 posted 12-17-2018 11:06 PM

For basswood – another viable alternative for sealing a carving is mixed equal parts of BLO and Odorless Mineral Spirits. Dip the carving in the mixture or brush it onto the carving. Set the carving on a scrap pine board to drip-dry for 24 to 48 hours (the drips will soak into the wood so you have no clean-up). This sealing coat greatly decreases paint bleeding. After allowing the carving to dry, wipe it with a cotton rag to remove any excess oil.
Then paint away.
This method has worked great on carvings from basswood for me.
I see no reason why any of the other methods wouldn’t reach the same desired effect – The sealing coat greatly decreases the paint bleeding.

Just another alternative.

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