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    Hello all:

    When using a water/alcohol prep for carving on old dried wood, I have a couple questions:

    What is the purpose of the alcohol?

    Does it matter whether I use a rubbing alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol?

    Should I soak the wood, thoroughly wet the surface or just lightly mist the surface?

    How often should I apply the mixture?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: water/alcohol prep

    Often when I am carving older basswood, I use a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and spray it on. Depending on the dryness of the wood I find that I may have to really "wet" the wood. Sure makes the carving easier. Dries quickly as well. Good Luck.

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      Re: water/alcohol prep

      That's what I wanted to know. Thanks, Mr. Wilson. I've got a block of basswood that was one of the first ones God made and it shows when I try to carve it. I did try rubbing alcohol and water but it didn't do a whole lot unless I soaked the wood which just got spongy. I'll try isopropyl alcohol instead. Appreciate it.

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        Re: water/alcohol prep

        I use the mix on missouri bass wood it works well -------------Jack

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          Re: water/alcohol prep

          Thanks for your advice, Jack.

          Jerry

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