It is my understanding that the FIRST coat is a 50-50 mix because the
turpentine acts as a carrier and drags the BLO deep into the wood's
porosity. After that cures, the coating can NEVER go deeper. So, that
first coating make as deep as possible, else you'll have shallow film
over the wood's surface, not complete encorporation into the wood
itself. That was what I was told.
On Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:54:08 -0700 (PDT), Robert Macy
Won't argue with that.
But I never cut it with turps, and weathered wood would be sucking up
more the next day on the 3rd application. It's very slow to dry.
You have to wipe off the excess and then rub the surface with rags to
get rid of the oiliness. I'd paint it a few days after that.
Fine for tool handles, and sealing up weathered wood.
Not good for nicely grained furniture because it darkens up and the
grain starts to disappear after a few years.
On Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:52:01 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
I treat mine with regular motor oil. Just buy some cheap oil and rub it
on with a rag. Then let it sit in the sun for a day, and give it a
second coat. After another day in the sun, wipe the handle with a dry
rag to remove any excess, and you're ready to use the shovel.
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