You know, watching this thread from the sidelines, the old advice
always comes to me:
Practice on a scrap, not on your projects.
I think if I were you Aaron, I would wipe everything off down to bare
wood, sand it clean, and use something off the shelf. No matter how
well you clean or sand, you will some resin penetration in your wood
from your previous efforts, so I wouldn't be playing chemist on a
medium you have contaminated.
Many off the shelf products have have all manner of "stuff" in them to
help them adhere and lay out correctly and that may be the ticket at
Good luck, whatever you do.
I've not used any products from McCloskey's before. But if I wind up
getting some varnish from this vendor, I'll definitely not
try adding any oil to it.
Just to be clear, when you say "oil" are you talking about a raw oil
like pure linseed oil or pure tung oil (i.e., one that does not have any
additional drying/polymerizing agents added to it)?
I'll be looking for this product. I'm always interested in trying
different finishing products that are easy to work with and provide
If you want to reply via email, change the obvious words to numbers and
The oil I'm talking about here is the Boiled Linseed Oil in the yellow
and white can from the local, neighborhood hardware store. A good,
solid generic product. Sunnyside brand, I think. Not some top of the
line stuff, but works just fine on its own as drying oil.
I have a can of raw oil that I bought for doing a fence, but that's
somewhere else now.
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