Gloss level for varnish mixing up a Danish oil finish

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Forum topic by RipFence posted 05-07-2020 07:15 PM 295 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2020 07:15 PM

Hello All:
Does the gloss level of a varnish (gloss, satin, matte, etc) matter when mixing with mineral spirits and tung or BLO?
My intuition is that it wouldn’t matter but I’ve never tried anything but satin.
Found some matte Pratt and Lambert #38 in matte.

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#1 posted 05-07-2020 11:38 PM

Whether it matters or not is a personal thing. However, it will have an effect on the final look of the finish. The effect will be diminished by the dilution in the MS and BLO.

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#2 posted 05-08-2020 05:11 AM


All you’ve done with the spirits is thin it. The tung oil just converts it to a long oil finish. That is, it becomes more flexible, but not more or less glossy.

For reference, I like building with gloss. You can always tame with semigloss at the end. However, if you go with less than that from the get go, the more the finish builds, the more cloudy it becomes.

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#3 posted 05-08-2020 01:22 PM

Thank you very much! Not the answer I was hoping for but great insight. Really appreciate your insight.
Best wishes,

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