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Curt Ullery

Finish for oily woods

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What's the best, most efficient finish for oily woods like Bokote, Desert Ironwood, Cocobolo, etc.?  TruOil won't dry and cure on these woods, and varnish seems to present the same problem. I've tried Renaissance wax on those woods but, I wasn't pleased with the results there either.

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MIght help if you shared what type of project you are thinking about, will it be abused like a table top, etc.

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What Ronn said.  Also are you wiping the wood down with mineral spirits or another solvent just before applying your surface coat?

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22 hours ago, Ronn W said:

MIght help if you shared what type of project you are thinking about, will it be abused like a table top, etc.

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19 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

Not a user of such exotics myself, but I hear that an acetone wash can remove enough of the natural oils to allow good finish adhesion.

Tried acetone but, still had the same problem.

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