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Old 06-10-2018, 07:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Warren White View Post
I like both the Polymerized Tung Oil and the rattle-can Deft, and learned a valuable lesson in the process. I need to SLOW DOWN and really look carefully at the item to be finished and NOT RUSH into the application of the finish. I also need to be careful all along the way. When the "little voice" whispers in my ear that I need to reconsider, I need to listen. Patience is a bit hard for me.

I always learn from comments and suggestions, so fire away!
Charlie did you well with that blank. Great looking!

I am not one to be preaching about finishes as I have rushed my shares of finishes in the past, but you hit upon one of the greatest needs for wood workers, wood turners and pen turners in general. When the product is done except for the finish, we tend to rush the finish. The finish is what shows off and show cases the beauty of the wood or construction.

A fine frame showcases a great picture. Finish is what showcases our products. Finish often takes more time than making the product, and it will show.
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Nice work. Curious where you get your Deft spray bombs? Loved that stuff but Lowe's quit carrying it a couple years ago. Deft's nozzle puts out a more even and finer pattern than the Minwax equivalent. Would buy it by the case if I could find a supplier that doesn't want $6 shipping for each can in the case.
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I had a long, too long, conversation with a gentleman at SutherlandWelles a couple of years ago and spent too much money also. I then followed his advice and contacted Lee Valley and talked to a guy there who seemed well-informed and carries several different sizes of polymerized Tung Oil which suited my purpose of sealing bowls made from our local Seagrape wood which I salvaged from our local Botanical Garden which had lost a lot of trees to two hurricanes in Sept. 2004. I wanted to turn a group of bowls suitable for "Foodies" so that my customers could put food in them without worrying about contamination. Due to health issues I have not been able to finish them all but hope to do that this summer. Lee Valley also sells a "sealer" but that my be overkill since all it does is shorten the drying time. Tung Oil provides a beautiful finish and bowls only need a wipe-down with a soapy cloth, rinse and air dry. NO SCRUBBING.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Nice work. Curious where you get your Deft spray bombs? Loved that stuff but Lowe's quit carrying it a couple years ago.
I bought it at Home Depot. Interestingly, the label on the can has changed. It used to be the can on the left; now it is the can on the right. I called the 800 number on the can and the person told me it was just a relabeling for shipment to California.

Some years ago, I bought a number of cans at a local (small) hardware store that was going out of business. When i got around to using it, there was an issue with the spray leaking around the spray tip. I called Deft, and they were surprised. They thought they had replaced all of the cans that had been identified as having the problem. I told them where I bought it, and they didn't even blink. The sent me a box of new product in each of the level of gloss; I think they sent me around 8 cans....free.

Great product; I just hope they haven't changed it.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:27 AM   #15 (permalink)
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One thing to note about the the tung oil sealer and polymerized tung oil as sold by Lee Valley is that they are two different animals. By mixing them in different proportions it is possible to vary the final luster of the finish.

This info comes from Lee Valley's site.

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Old 06-11-2018, 02:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Default More on Deft changes

I just called PPG Industries and they said they had 'tweaked' the VOCs to comply with California standards. I will have to wait and see if that tweak resulted in any changes.
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