refinishing an antique crib

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Forum topic by kipcorbin posted 01-24-2011 09:20 PM 1138 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2011 09:20 PM

Good afternoon, everyone! I have a project that I am working on. My girlfriend and I bought an antique crib this summer at the flea market. She thinks it would make a good flower planter. I am using a Master’s 100% tongue oil finish. I am on my seventh coat. The first coat I diluted 50/50 with mineral spirits. The following six coat were put on with a lint free cloth. I performed a light sanding between coats using 0000 stell wool. I plan on constructing a pan to place directly inside the crib. Then, this pan will be lined with shower pan liner and sealed to prevent water seepage. I am worried that a tongue oil finish won’t hold up. What do you think? Should I put harder finish over the tongue oil for added protection? The planter will be kept inside and shouldn’t be in the elements. This is my first refinishing project and would like some input.

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 01:54 AM

Tung Oil would be my last choice.

Here is a good article on finishes and water resistance.

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 06:06 PM

Considering the proximity to water/moisture I would go with marine spar varnish. Of course I would spray it.

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 07:31 PM

Hi Kip, I guess I don’t understand your pan concept. Will it be metal, or is that the part you are oiling in hopes of water damage prevention? Keeping the water off of the wood seems to be the point, maybe a drain tube to a hidden container may be a good idea?

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 07:48 PM

I did a BLO finish no a cedar planter box I built last year for LOML, but I did it with the intention of the finish, and eventually the box itself weathering and getting a rustic patina to go with our Texas rustic theme… I don’t use Tung oil much, but it seems to me to be about as weather resistant as linseed oil, which isn’t hardly at all… I would without a doubt go over that with spar varnish… Brushed on, unless you have a sprayer, either way, use a respirator.

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