True. Wiping with mineral spirits does give you an idea what it will
look like when finished, so you can fix things if needed. But it won't
raise the grain.
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Tack cloths are not out. Probably more of us use them than make their own.
The prevailing theory of those who rail against tack cloth are that they
can't crowbar the 99cents out of their wallet to buy one. I am curious
about giving a newbie the advice about making one out of old shellac. How
much old shellac do you happen to have lying around your place, rbrandywine?
Are you saying you go water--light sanding--mineral spirits when
applying varnish? That makes sense, if it works. But why wouldn't an
oil finish require the same treatment? Is it because the oil flows
through any small amount of sawdust *on* the wood and sinks into the
That is correct.
Oil does not form a film, so any dust just comes off with the oil rag. It
is cleaning and applying at the same time.
Some people like to sand while the oil is fresh, thinking the dust fills
pores; but authorities say it comes out as fast as it goes in.
My projects are small, so I just use a shop vac with a soft brush. I
only tried tack cloth once a few years back and maybe it was just the
brand that I got but it was loaded with gunk that came right off on the
wood (do you use tack cloth right after you open it or is it supposed
to be exposed to air for a while? )
That's a very good question somewildmon -- I'll be interested in
hearing the answer.
I've heard of sanding sealer and will read up on it here but I'm trying
to keep this simple as I've got a LOT of wood to finish.
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