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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New-Old Finish

While cruising the WCI forums the other day I was reminded of a finish I have not used in years that holds excellent promise for use on carvings. This one's gonna take some work, we have to mix it, and some extra materials, but I think it's worth it. We'll start with the recipe:

Polyurethane, spirit based, not the water based kind

Tung Oil

Mineral spirits (commonly called paint thinner too)

Mix equal parts of all three items.

We're gonna get a penetrating finish that hardens in the surface of the wood, and leaves a nice oil patina. It offers more protection than the oil alone, imparts a nice low luster shine, enhances the grain, but does not build on the surface like the urethane alone would.

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