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    Used oil based spar varnish on some ornaments and it won't dry. Been over 48 hours, and they are still somewhat tacky. Any fix?

    Tom H
    http://beginnerscarvingcorner.blogspot.com/

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    Tom, reading this article http://www.thewoodworkingcatalog.com.../sep96/finish/ sounds like it just may need more time. Sorry.

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    • #3
      Thanks Sappy! Articles make perect sense. The varnish was a bit thick after stiring , and I dipped the pieces. Don't be sorry, it's the easiest fix here is.
      http://beginnerscarvingcorner.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        I've had a couple of projects that I've done in the past year that have taken a while to set up after using the spar varnish. It seems to create more problems than regular poly varnish, might have something to do with the formulation. As a matter of fact one piece I did took almost five days to finally get to the point where it wasn't tacky. They all eventually dried fine but in the case of the last one mentioned, I think the humidity that week had a lot to do with it. Go find something smooth to sip on while you wait Tom. Thanks for posting that link Sappy, great information for us less informed.

        Tinwood

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        • #5
          Thanks guys! I feel kind of foolish. What you've pointed out I should have known. However, there is an up side. My wife said that with this post I have confirmed my masculinity: no common sense used, and did not read nor follow the directions.
          http://beginnerscarvingcorner.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tom-H View Post
            Thanks guys! I feel kind of foolish. What you've pointed out I should have known. However, there is an up side. My wife said that with this post I have confirmed my masculinity: no common sense used, and did not read nor follow the directions.
            LOL! Sounds familiar.
            Arthur

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            • #7
              Ok, silly question...why are you using spar varnish instead of regular poly or even a spray lacquer to finish ornaments? Are they going to be outside? Just asking....
              Donna_T
              From Missouri

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              • #8
                Not a silly question! Just a silly person applying the finish. The other stuff was out of reach. You probably think I'm kidding. I am not! Just too lazy to get out of chair, walk across shop to the finishing cabinet and get what I know I should be using.....Had been using spar on a sign.
                http://beginnerscarvingcorner.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tom-H View Post
                  Thanks guys! I feel kind of foolish. What you've pointed out I should have known. However, there is an up side. My wife said that with this post I have confirmed my masculinity: no common sense used, and did not read nor follow the directions.
                  We fellows salute your masculinity with our best Tim The Tool Man man grunt!

                  Tinwood

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                  • #10
                    I recently had the doors of my house, that lead outside, replaced. The installer advised that my installation warranty required that the unfinished wood be painted. I told him I wanted to retain the natural look. He recommended varnish, so the look on my face, and continued. I recommend Minwax Polyacrylic Finish. It is water based and has no smell.

                    I used it, loved it, and started using it on some of my carvings. It is on the front of the owl I am carving. The close up photo is a little blurry but that is the best my cameral can do. There are 4 coats on the "ice" in front of the owl and I anticipate 4 more to get the very shiny effect I am seeking.
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