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Thread: BLO question

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Butte Montana which is 1/2 way between Purgatory and Heaven

    BLO question

    I have a small project that I want to try using BLO on (have never used it)
    It's Maple, Cherry and Walnut laminated in strips. My question is do I use it full strength, or do I cut it 2 to 1 with paint thinner as it says on the can.

    Do I put a top coat of Poly after and can I use water based Poly or do I have to use oil or solvent base? Do I buff it with the Beall system before the Poly or after? Or do I actually have to buff it?

    I really don't know why I want to use it other than I read so many posts where members say their projects were finished using BLO and several coats of Poly. I figure there must be a reason that so many do it, so I'll try it.

    Thanks for the help
    Jiggs Elphison

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    I use BLO on just about everything. It POPS the grain pattern. You can use it full strength or I sometimes will tell folks to dilute it at a 1:1 ratio with mineral spirits, this will make it dry faster. Once applied you must wait until it is fully dried. You will know it is dry when you can no longer smell it. Then you can you any finish you like over it.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Jiggs read through this and you'll get a good understanding of BLO and how to use it.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::


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