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Forum topic by lobro4 posted 08-13-2009 09:53 PM 7537 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2009 09:53 PM

I constructed a bedframe and side table out of hard maple. Instead of stain applied and then wiped off 2 coats of boiled linseed oil. Took my furniture to a local shop that has done some finishing for me in the past. Now for the problem. The surface or the wood is still slightly gummy and can’t/won’t dry enough to allow the shop to apply a topcoat. Any clues on what can be used to wipe the surface or prep the surface to allow a top coat to stick? They tried to sand a little but it just gums up. Any clues out there? Any options other than oil based paint? Help!

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#1 posted 08-14-2009 04:51 AM

It can take weeks for BLO to dry under certain conditions. It has been pretty humid around here lately so that may part of the problem.

How long ago did you apply the BLO? You may have to keep wiping it down, possibly give it a wipe down with some mineral spirits (do it outside).

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#2 posted 08-14-2009 07:55 AM

Its been over 2 weeks. Seems like BLO has been dry in a few days for me in the past. I have thought about a mineral spirit scrub. I am wondering if something like naphtha or acetone might provide more kick. Anybody have any thoughts?

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 08:25 AM

Did you wipe off the excess BLO several times after you applied it? I’ll wipe down a piece 3 or 4 times for 24 hours after I’ve applied it.

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 09:01 AM

Yes… I wore out one elbow and the opposite wrist wiping off excess. Guess I should have cut the oil more with mineral spirits.

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#5 posted 08-14-2009 04:07 PM

odds are the blo , isnt BLO, meaning not boiled….they simply add japan drier, and it just doesnt dry…I hate BLO, for this very reason, seems all the manufactures are cutting corners, yes a good scrub with acetone will probably do it , lacquer thinner is another option, in the worst case use MEK, ( methal ethel Keytone), it is expensive but will cut about anything…next time try some waterlox thinned about 20% with mineral spirits, or naptha, naptha dries faster, or some General finishes seal a cell….these work extremely well and dry quickly, not cheap…but you will get what you paid for…

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#6 posted 08-14-2009 04:17 PM

You can try wiping off the excess with a rag wet with thinner or mineral spirits to take any excess off. If that doesn’t work, you can try a card scraper to remove the excess.

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 01:05 AM

After wiping excess blo off with mineral spirits apply shellac and then whatever new finish you want the shellac acts as a sealer and will allow any other finish over the top.


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#8 posted 08-24-2009 01:58 AM

Jim has the right idea. Make sure to use dewaxed shellac, especially if you are going to be using lacquer as a topcoat.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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