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Offline Bill21

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Wipe on Poly
« on: January 14, 2022, 06:23:57 PM »
Seems to be a thing across the pond. According to some they make their own by mixing oil based Clear Polyurethane 50/50 with white spirit. Any tried this?

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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 07:05:56 PM »
My recipe is spirit based varnish (not water! is hard to find these days) mixed 50 50 with boiled linseed oil, sometimes some extra white spirit to get the consistency right. Not made any in a long time though, and even then getting spirit based varnish was a challenge.
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Re: Wipe on Poly
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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 01:51:30 PM »
In all the years I have been turning, I have never used polyurethane varnish on anything, probably because I have never found the need. Danish oil or lacquer are as close as I get to varnish.

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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2022, 04:13:57 PM »
In all the years I have been turning, I have never used polyurethane varnish on anything, probably because I have never found the need. Danish oil or lacquer are as close as I get to varnish.

I use it on flat work, not turning which is one reason I haven't used it in a long time. our American cousins seem to use it a lot though.
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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2022, 06:14:51 PM »
Easy application seems to be one advantage over using plain varnish. I think I’ll give it a try.

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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2022, 06:54:07 PM »
   Surly Danish oil is  a third oil based varnish , boiled linseed oil  and white spirit . Oil based poly is really a plastic version of oil varnish
     I often add a shot of Japan dryers  to kick it over faster and harder especially if I increase the proportion of the white spirit component 

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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2022, 09:25:49 PM »
The last time I used Danish Oil it took quite a while to dry. I get the impression wipe on Poly dries much quicker?

I’m not a fan of Danish Oil, I tend to use Finishing Oil, whatever that is!? ;D

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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2022, 10:00:26 PM »
   Just add some Japan to the danish oil and it will dry .Just be aware it contains cobalt so not good for food but so does some boiled linseed oil . It is no longer all boiled

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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2022, 07:32:51 AM »
The last time I used Danish Oil it took quite a while to dry. I get the impression wipe on Poly dries much quicker?

I’m not a fan of Danish Oil, I tend to use Finishing Oil, whatever that is!? ;D

Terry at Chestnut calls his Tung + drying agents oil Finishing oil while Libron, Hampshire Sheen, etc. use Danish Oil as the name for the same product. Also the only product we in the UK would recognise as Danish Oil in the USA is Watco Butchers Block Oil, while the Danish oil is primarily Boiled Linseed Oil based, which as Jay says is not boiled anymore but chemical based.

There are more slight variations on finishes than there is space in my workshop or cash in my wallet! I like to keep it simple I have one food safe wax, and 2 food safe oils. I don't really care if I am making garden dibbers with food safe rated finish, and I have a wry smile about using food safe finish on Yew, bottom line is I have one drawer for finishes and other space is otherwise allocated.
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Re: Wipe on Poly
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2022, 03:20:35 PM »
Liberon sell both Finishing oil which I currently use and also Danish Oil which I stopped using some years ago.