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Thread: Cocobolo - Finish not drying!

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    Cocobolo - Finish not drying!

    I turned a yoyo for my grandson from Cocobolo and used MinWax Wipe-On Poly as the finish. The poly has been drying for a few days but is still tacky.

    Do I need to remove the poly, wipe the Cocobolo with acetone or something, and reapply the poly? Or should I use some other finish? Any help would be appreciated.
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    I am using that product right now and it always drys with in 24 hours for me. Did you shake the can to mix it up before using it?

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    I think if you are patient enough the poly will eventually dry. I'm not a finish expert so take it for what it is worth. I have worked quite a bit with cocobolo and being as dense and oily as it is poly is probably not the best finish to use. Most times I use sanding sealer and maybe a CA finish on pens.

    The real reason I posted was to encourage you to post a picture of your Yoyo. I'm a fan of them and have made several. They are fun. Have you tried any of Yoyospin's one piece yoyos? Fun to turn.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Tom, yes I did shake the can very well. It's not the first time I've used it, just the first time I've used it on Cocobolo.

    Paul, I'll check out yoyospin. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I'll wait a few more days if necessary and see if it dries.

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    gord, your problem lies with the cocobolo i think its so dense and oily already..if it didnt dry in a day or two your probally not gonna get there with it..i havnt used poly on cocobolo .. check with the spinny guys on how the finish it..but acetone and lacquer is what i do with it on flat stuff..
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    I had a similar experience with the wipe on Min Wax poly on a pen recently. After several days was still soft.
    As others have said, cocobolo is so oily it is hard to finish. I have made duck calls with it I put no finish on.
    Yesterday at our woodturners club meeting one of our more talented turners showed a bowl he made of coco and it had a knock-out finish. He is a master at using CA with a 'cutting oil' for finishes.
    I'll ask him what he did on that bowl and get back after he responds.
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    used turpentine and wipe the poly down, you do not want to remove the poly you only want to just white over the surface. the surface will be dry within 24 hours. if not you wanna remove all the poly because you have way too much poly and need to start over with thinner coats 24 hours apart
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    Gord, since many finishes don't play well with cocobolo, my favorite finish for that wood is no finish all, just sanded to 600 grit or so, then buffed with tripoli, white diamond, and wax.

    Here's a cocobolo tool handle I finished that way...

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    Good advice vaughn! Bit if I were to finish I would just use tung oil. Take a drop and start rubbing it in with your palm. One drop will rub out a side of a gun stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Gord, since many finishes don't play well with cocobolo, my favorite finish for that wood is no finish all, just sanded to 600 grit or so, then buffed with tripoli, white diamond, and wax.

    Here's a cocobolo tool handle I finished that way...

    Nice handle. Expensive handle.
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