Near completion of a beech pedestal bed for my toy crashing son. We liked
the look of oil for the color on the beech and have placed 5 coats of
mineral oil on all the visable sections of the bed.
My experience with POLY is limited, only currently I only have a water
based polly on hand, which I would imagine would have issue with the oil.
My second concern is renewing the surface if I POLY it, wiping oil on will
not soak into the wood.
Shall I leave it bare, or some sort of wax coating maybe?
Mineral oil? Doesn't cure. I'd try dewaxed shellac is inconspicuous
spot to see if it dries. Seal Coat is dewaxed and can be
wiped/sprayed/brushed. Shellac is often suggested for cribs, and it's
what I used for crib 5 years ago. Easily repaired.
Buying goodies from Ron Hock is always a pleasure, and the product is
excellent. (I just came in from padding some dewaxed super blond on a box
But the canned stuff from the hardware store, if it is dewaxed, and
freshness dated within the recent past, should work for what you want it to
do. Rather depends on whether you want to start NOW, or say, Monday...
BTW, my local Woodcraft stores (yes, I'm spoiled) carry Ron's flake, in
Zinssers Seal Coat is canned dewaxed shellac with an atypical 3 year
shelf life. Undercoat for any finish. I buy flakes from
www.homesteadfinishing.com and used 99% Isopropyl Alcohol from
printing supply house. That mix has 6 month shelf life.
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