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    Yeah that is a really long time to remain tacky....

    Yeah that is a really long time to remain tacky. Minwax polyurethane or spar urethane will dry much faster than that. Itís cheap and readily available and will do the job just fine. Thinning it will...
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    Welcome, Clarke. Thanks for your post. Sorry if...

    Welcome, Clarke. Thanks for your post. Sorry if you didn’t get a terribly warm welcome to your first post here. This forum is all about learning and we’ve all made mistakes and learned from them and...
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    I’m wondering if one coat of some oil would bring...

    I’m wondering if one coat of some oil would bring a little life back and restore the color to that area. Lots of oil finishes out there…Odie’s oil, cutting board oil/mineral oil. You could feather it...
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    Good info, Paul. I was so disappointed (and kinda...

    Good info, Paul. I was so disappointed (and kinda freaked out) when I heard GF was replacing EV1 with EV2. I bought 15 gallons of EV1 and a bunch of quarts, different sheens, almost everything I...
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    Waterlox specifically addresses application over...

    Waterlox specifically addresses application over mineral oil on their website:

    "Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes can be applied over mineral or vegetable oil after the countertop has aged for a...
  6. If you’re wanting to build a protective film...

    If you’re wanting to build a protective film you’re better off with a finish like a varnish that’s meant to be left on to dry and not wiped off like Maloof mix and oil/varnish mixtures. A varnish...
  7. Penofin is good stuff, so is General Finishes...

    Penofin is good stuff, so is General Finishes Outdoor Oil. But I’ve been moving away from solvent-based. Honestly, Odie’s Oil is pretty fantastic stuff. Non-toxic, smells good, looks good, and is...
  8. Thanks for the experiment, John. I'm very curious...

    Thanks for the experiment, John. I'm very curious about the Enduro Var II. It's on the GF website and Rockler website but I haven't seen in the Rockler store yet. I'm bummed that it appears to be...
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    Thanks John, I will give that a try!

    Thanks John, I will give that a try!
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    Interesting. I'm 99% sure it's raised grain. That...

    Interesting. I'm 99% sure it's raised grain. That was freshly sanded (180g) white oak with High Performance straight on it with plenty of dry time between coats. I can't imagine what else it could...
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    Two WB finishing questions

    I thought I'd piggyback on the recent WB/OB finish thread because I'm gradually making the transition to water-based finishes myself.

    The first question is about raised grain. When applying a WB...
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    Minwax Antique Oil is an oil varnish blend and...

    Minwax Antique Oil is an oil varnish blend and needs to be wiped off shortly after applying. Waterlox is a varnish and is meant to be left on the surface after applying since it will dry hard. If any...
  13. This seems like a perfect job for Waterlox. I've...

    This seems like a perfect job for Waterlox. I've finished many vanities with it and it holds up great. The original sealer/finish goes on glossy but fades to semi-gloss, but they also make it in...
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    Man this is really mystifying. Is there any...

    Man this is really mystifying. Is there any chance part of this table was exposed to sunlight while it was parked in the garage for a week? If it was only half covered and and got beaming sun every...
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    I agree with John ^. I wouldn't offer advice...

    I agree with John ^. I wouldn't offer advice because then she can blame you if it doesn't turn out well. Further, Polyshades is hands down the worst finishing product I've ever used. It will look...
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    The rubbing out thing is such a pain and I never...

    The rubbing out thing is such a pain and I never like the look. If it were me, I would sand smooth, do one more last coat of satin to get an even sheen, wait a week, then go over very lightly with...
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    I’m in Colorado and I recently picked up Klean...

    I’m in Colorado and I recently picked up Klean Strip odorless mineral spirits at Home Depot. Same stuff I’ve used for years except the can was bare aluminum with a label, not the all blue can. It...
  18. There isn't really any advantage to "rubbing it...

    There isn't really any advantage to "rubbing it into" the wood. Just brush or wipe it on and it will penetrate on its own, especially since the wipe-on version is thinned considerably. I think their...
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    I actually really like the Varathane WB poly. I...

    I actually really like the Varathane WB poly. I thin it about 15% with General Finishes extender. Otherwise it’s too susceptible to brush strokes. The extender really helps it level out. You still...
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    Unfortunately I think this is just the nature of...

    Unfortunately I think this is just the nature of some maple and using any type of oil. Some blotch isnít so bad, some is just ugly. My only thought is using beeswax only, no oil, since it wonít...
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    Definitely. Arm-r-seal is extremely durable. Just...

    Definitely. Arm-r-seal is extremely durable. Just allow enough dry time between coats (~24 hrs) and youíll be fine.
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    Ah, my fault. They do say light sanding between...

    Ah, my fault. They do say light sanding between coats for that product. I still think you should be fine given the process you described.
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    It will be absolutely fine. Waterlox doesn’t...

    It will be absolutely fine. Waterlox doesn’t require sanding between coats for adhesion, so the little you did sand will be more than enough.
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    There are a lot of different factors that...

    There are a lot of different factors that determine the bubble situation. For most 5-minute epoxies and other quick setting epoxies, it will be impossible to eliminate bubbles in any pour thicker...
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    Could you not just smooth out the raised grain...

    Could you not just smooth out the raised grain with the hand plane?
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