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Forum topic by RipFence posted 10-21-2017 10:24 PM 673 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2017 10:24 PM

Hello All:
I decided to try a DIY oil finish. I have mixed up 1/3rd Pratt and Lambert #38 varnish, 1/3rd pure Tung Oil from Lee Valley, and 1/3rd mineral spirits. Those of you who have used home brew similar to this yourselves, would you mind giving me input on how you applied it? From what I’ve read its pretty much what I’m used to with Watco and Tried n True: Flood the surface, leave it for a while then wipe it down, and let it cure overnight. Any nuances with home brew?

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#1 posted 10-22-2017 11:34 AM

None, it should work the same. (Good choice for varnish, BTW…my favorite) I make mine with BLO instead of tung oil, but the mix is handled pretty much the same. i like to apply a coat, wait 15 minutes or so, and wipe off the excess. With BLO overnight should be plenty for the next coat…no idea about tung oil.

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#2 posted 10-22-2017 03:36 PM

Thanks Fred. I picked the #38 based on the recommendation of Scott Holmes from a discussion about Sam Maloof’s finish. I coated a test piece last night and it looks pretty good this morning. Will compare it with Tired and True before I commit to the whole project.

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 04:57 PM

Jim, I saw in your original post about applying Tried & True like you would Watco or other oils. You don’t apply Tried & True that way. With it, you don’t flood the surface and wipe it down. It’s intended to be wiped on very sparingly, and when you wipe it off, if you see much oil on your cloth, you used too much. That technique is true for their original, Danish oil and varnish oil.

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