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HELP!! Osmo Oil not drying

by albachippie
posted 08-09-2016 11:51 AM

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 01:05 PM

Garry – I haven’t used the Osmo Extra Thin, but I have used the Osmo Top Oil before. I would guess that the issue is that you applied the second coat after only a couple of hours. In my experience of oil finishes (be it boiled linseed oil, oil-based varnishes, Danish oil, Osmo top oil) they all need a minimum of 6 hours between coats and the first coat I try to leave for 24 hours, whether they feel dry to the touch or not. If you apply another coat before the previous coat has dried fully, it will remain tacky. This is particularly true for open-pored woods like Iroko. Sometimes this tackiness can last a few days to a few weeks. It should dry out eventually under normal UK weather conditions, but I can appreciate that you need to use your kitchen.

I think you have two options at present. Wait it out or wipe it down with thinners again and once thoroughly dry, try again. Personally I would re-apply it, leaving the first thin coat for 24 hours and then applying 1 thin coat each day for the next three days. 4 coats in total. As always Garry, this is just my opinion and others might think differently. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 02:51 PM

Thanks for that Andy. I had a feeling it would be something to do with my impatience! I think a complete strip back, sand, and reseal, leaving at least 12hrs between coats is the only way forward. Very frustrating. The info from Osmo is less than conclusive, and can’t seem to find contact details.

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 09:23 PM

So coating manufactures in the U.K are just like the ones in America, I knew it was a global conspiracy. Don’t feel bad My impatience has gotten me in trouble with those types of finishes as well. Good luck. You know you could always use a wax finish I’m sure you wife wouldn’t mind polishing it once a week lol just kidding that might get you hurt depending on the wife.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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