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Forum topic by MagicalMichael posted 05-31-2017 01:46 PM 1002 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2017 01:46 PM

What do people use to wet an oil finish when sanding between coats?


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#1 posted 05-31-2017 02:14 PM

water….preferably distilled and in a small spray bottle.

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 03:18 PM

I set this thread to “Watch” so I could learn from the replies. I have to say that I did not expect water to be recommended for wet sanding oil finishes between coats. My guess would have been to use some of the oil finish itself to create a slurry. Purely uneducated guess though.

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 04:30 PM

When I used to use Danish oil, I would use the same oil for wet/dry paper. I too would assume the same for any oil as Rich Taylor stated. To my way of thinking, “water and oil don’t mix”. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 04:42 PM

Actually, I dry sand an oil finish between coats, with “used” 400 grit paper … then wipe up the dust with turpentine.

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#6 posted 05-31-2017 05:11 PM

I recently started using multi grit grades of non-woven pads in between coats of rattle can lacquer. I have used it dry with good results.

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#7 posted 05-31-2017 05:37 PM

I wonder if people are talking about two different things here – oil finishes (BLO, tung oil, Tried and True) and oil-based finishes? I wouldn’t spray water on top of tung oil to sand it. With these types of drying oil finish you don’t so much sand between coats as apply a coat while sanding.

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#8 posted 05-31-2017 07:52 PM

I wouldn’t spray water on a tung oil finish either…..I had assumed it was varnish that Michael was asking about. If it’s an oil finish I don’t sand between coats. But I have sanded oil finishes to make a slurry to fill the pores, for that I just use the same oil as the finish.

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#10 posted 06-05-2017 03:25 AM

Ben Matte, which is Daly’s Danish rubbed oil finish, is supposed to be wet sanded on the first coat. 400 to 600 grit we-or-dry. Drives the finings into the pores of the wood. They say that sanding should not be necessary for subsequent coats.

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