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Polymerized Tung Oil & Sealer

Post by pawistik » Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:58 am

Hello,
I am about to finish a laminated cedar/aspen greenland paddle with Lee Valley Polymerized Tung Oil High Luster.
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In preparation for using the stuff, I actually sat down & read the instructions. :shocked The instructions say that for use on wood I should "seal the wood with a liberal first coat of Polymerized Tung Oil Sealer."
LeeValley wrote:Applied liberally as a first coat, this sealer will penetrate deeply to close wood pores and provide a clear base that highlights grain and color.
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Anybody else out there using this product? Do you use the sealer first? What might befall me if I skip it? Or should I be making a trip up to the LV store on Saturday, a journey that will surely cost much more than the $14.50 for a small can of sealer?

Thanks in advance,
Bryan

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Tung oil sealer

Post by ealger » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:41 am

Well Bryan what you might consider is gluing up a test piece and then applying your Tung oil. Let it dry and then immerse it in a bucket of water, dry it in the Sun and then repeat this process for a week. See if the result is what you want to protect your valuable paddle.
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Post by Adamv » Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:46 pm

Bryan,

What did you end up doing with this? Did it work? I'd be very interested, as I am finishing my paddle in the very near future, and I do like the look of oiled wood over varnish.

Adam
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Post by pawistik » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:03 pm

Adamv wrote:Bryan,
What did you end up doing with this?
I didn't use the polymerized tung oil, mostly because I didn't want to go out and buy the sealer (due to time). Instead, I used the same spar varnish (Captain's Spar Varnish) I used for the kayak, applied in 3 coats or so. Yes, it worked all right, though I don't have a lot of miles on it yet.

Cheers,
Bryan

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