| >oil-based varnish, tung oil, and mineral spirits in equal proportions.
| What's the "tung oil" ? If this is pure tung, rather than
| a blended finishing oil with driers in it, then it's slow to
| cure anyway.
Ah. It's 100% tung with no driers. Reading your response and Al Martin's I
think I have a much better understanding, thanks. I've thought of it as
having added tung and mineral spirits to varnish. I've used varnish
technique and have varnish expectations. I suppose I need to be thinking
about it as having added varnish to tung, and therefore I need to be using
tung technique and need to evaluate the results using tung expectations.
No, I did not wipe off the excess because I thought I was applying varnish
in which tung had been added, not tung in which varnish had been added. But
since I wiped it on, it went on thin anyway. No great loss here, as I'm
still working on scrap. I can see how this particular mix works when
applied as you've suggested.
| Personally I wouldn't use white spirit. It's slow to evaporate and
| leaves an oily residue. I'd favour turpentine instead.
I plan to experiment with solvents to see which works best for me. I have a
surplus of mineral spirits and so that's where I started.
| I also think that equal parts in a varnish/oil mix is too much
| varnish. I don't use more than about 1/4.
More oil, less varnish -- got it. I've seen lots of formulas posted here
and elsewhere, but equal proportions sounded like a good place to start.
| To be honest, I very rarely mix my own oil mixtures. Commercial
| mixes are good and cost no more than the ingredients.
I have several of the commercial mixes and I find them quite acceptable.
The exercise here is more experimentation than production. Even if I end up
putting something entirely different on my kitchen cabinets, I'm using this
as an excuse to learn more about this particular mix.