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Make a Home Brew Wipe-On Finish

Make a home brew
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Combine your ingredients in a
glass jar, working in a well-
ventilated area. Keep your
mixture stirred as you use it.

With so many wipe-on finishes to choose from, you’ll probably find one you like right off the shelf. But you can easily make your own. 

To make an oil/varnish blend, mix equal parts of oil-base varnish, tung or boiled linseed oil, and mineral spirits, as shown, right. You can alter the mixture to suit your need. More oil increases penetration and color, and slows drying. Additional mineral spirits speed drying and decrease the thickness of the film. Increase the quantity of varnish to create a thicker film.

Making a wiping varnish is even simpler. Just mix conventional varnish with an equal amount of mineral spirits.


Comments (3)
dadsworkshop7898 wrote:

made the wipeing varnish, for a problem one night to help contain dust nips. worked like a char, dryed qucklet enough to pervent them form sticking. You have to applay more caots of finsh, but the effect is great, looks and feels liake a hand rubbed antique fisish

12/8/2010 09:32:01 PM Report Abuse
cecchini3912378 wrote:

The most important item you left out of your 'home brew' was a filter mask for VOC's even if you have a ventilated area.

3/18/2010 11:35:15 AM Report Abuse
woodhaug wrote:

I use tung oil and polyuratane. But beware tung oil is not tung oil. Some are made for final finishes where some are made just to penitrate the wood. Use only pure tung oil and formula of oil poly: satine, gloss. Drying will be determined by the poly with its hardners. I rub the last coat with a brown paper bag (after it dries) for an incredable finish.

3/18/2010 10:38:20 AM Report Abuse

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