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Forum topic by HoodStreetWood posted 12-10-2018 05:51 AM 321 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2018 05:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finish mineral oil stain cutting board end grain padauk resource question

Just finished my first project, a multi species end grain cutting board. Over a few days I put on multiple coats of food grade mineral oil, then let sit for another day or two. Was giving a final wipe down and noticed that a red stain (one of the species was red padauk) continually appears on my rag. Tried a thorough wash of the board, followed by another wipedown, and still happening…Not sure what to do now. Board looks great, but as it’s for food prep, the mystery staining is a concern. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance, sorry so long winded.


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#1 posted 12-10-2018 06:40 AM

I’ve had quite a few domestics impart some color when wet, but the few exotics I have used, much more than the domestics have stained a rag when wet. I’ve found as the wet substance dried, it stops, and also like you I’ve felt the wood looked clear, it was just the color on a rag when wiping while wet.

As an aside I have stopped using MO as a finish for food safe stuff, and use Poly, which once it dries is food safe, and it dries quite a bit quicker than oil finishes.

I think I would suggest not to mess with what you have, just let it dry. Putting water on a board with a wet oil finish will take just that much longer to get dry.

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