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Oily Woods
Posted by: John Kreeger (---.dhcp.missouri.edu)
Date: June 29, 2001 12:12PM

Usually when I use high oil content woods like cocobolo, etc. for reel seats, I usually just polish them. Is it asking for trouble to finish these woods with something like Permagloss?

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Re: Oily Woods
Posted by: Pete (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: June 29, 2001 01:02PM

It will never set up. It will just stay oily/sticky. I've tried it.

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Re: Oily Woods
Posted by: B. Meiser (---.53.174.196.snfr.grid.net)
Date: June 29, 2001 08:14PM

John, Try Dalys SeaFin Teak Oil Product #15040. It is a marine oil finish, specialy formulated for oily woods. Follow the directions carefully. I will often apply as many as 8 or 10 coats, but it is so EASY !..... I have been using this product for over 20 years for all kinds of exterior applications (including reel seats and handles), I love the stuff, it has never let me down. Struble has milled a bunch of tropical woods for me : Mango, Koa, Albasia,Vera.... these are all really oily, and the SeaFin has been the ticket I have a few other pointers,mail me if you wish................. B.M.

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Re: Oily Woods
Posted by: Jojo (---.dial-up.ipa.net)
Date: June 29, 2001 08:15PM

Ditto on the Permagloss, Tru-Oil, etc. You can take thin Super Glue and paint on the insert, allowing it to dry, then scuff sand before applying an additional coat. When satisfied that you have enough of a finish, sand again with 400 and water, then buff. It will look much as does an acrylic impregnated insert.

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Re: Oily Woods
Posted by: Ralph O'Quinn (---.pstbbs.com)
Date: June 30, 2001 11:42PM

not only are you asking for trouble, you are on the verge of utter catastrophe. The Urethanes as a family simply do not tolerate oily surfaces. Permagloss is a top of the line urethane -- moisture cureing-- and its tolerance for oily surfaces is nil. Do not use Permagloss or any urethane on the high oil content woods. I agree with Bob Meiser all the way in the usage of Daly's Sea Fin. I've used it on reel seats, and on gun stocks. It is a good product for teak or any high oil content wood. Personally I use a proprietary product developed for Dem Bart, a gunstock tool outlet, and in which they distribute to the gunstock market. I like it better than Daly's because of the high tung oil content. There are lots of products of a similar nature out there. The Marine supply stores all have a dirth of finishes aimed at Teak decks on yachts. These are good for what you want, but Daly's Sea Fin really beats them all. If you use Sea Fin on a non-oily wood like Walnut or maple, it looks nice for a while but will not wear very well.

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Re: Oily Woods
Posted by: John Kreeger (---.dhcp.missouri.edu)
Date: July 02, 2001 09:28AM

Thanks Bob and Ralph.

You know I am from Missouri (the "show-me" state). Well, turns out I did some testing on some scrap cocobolo pieces I had laying around. I used on ecoat of Permagloss on several, two coats on several more and three coats on several more. I will report back after I abuse these a while.

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