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Philip Burley04/08/2020 12:39:34
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I am just sanding down a couple of pieces of mahogany for bases for model engines . What to others use for finishing them . making them fuel and oil proof while retaining a gloss finish , one is for a steam engine and one for IC engine

regards Phik

Bo'sun04/08/2020 12:54:39
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Oil resistance isn't too much of an issue, however, fuel (presumably petrol) is. I used a two part laquer years ago made by "Rustins". Not sure whether it's still available, but I'm sure there will be something similar out there.

JasonB04/08/2020 13:10:18
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I tend to oil mine with Osmo PolyX being the usual choice.

Rustin's "Plastic Coating" sounds like what B0'son describes but a bit too glossy for my liking but is more durable than the oil.

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Emgee04/08/2020 14:03:59
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After the Rustins coating has completely hardened you can flat off lightly with 1000 grade wet and dry used wet, add a bit of soap liquid to save the paper clogging.
This will quickly leave a matt finish that still has the full protection provided by the product.


Philip Burley04/08/2020 15:15:40
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thanks , I will see if the local DIY has any of that

regards Phil

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steamdave05/08/2020 12:07:59
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A bit late in the day, but I use a home brew furniture polish that resists oil and fuel quite well. It gives a matt sheen when buffed up.

1 part pure turpentine
1 part raw linseed oil
1 part white vinegar
1/4 part methylated spirits

Shake well and apply with a soft cloth to the bare wood. Several coats can be applied in fairly quick succession. I usually aim for a minimum of 4 coats. Keep it sealed in a small honey jar or similar and it will last for ages. Just shake again before using each time.

The Emerald Isle

Philip Burley05/08/2020 16:25:59
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That sounds like a bit of a witch's brew , I have ordered some Rustins , sounds as if it might be good for my kitchen work tops as well

Regards Phil

Tim Stevens05/08/2020 16:52:59
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Try the finest grade of steel wool when reducing the shine, lubricated with furniture polish. It is better able to fit into mouldings etc than wet & dry. And rub in circles wherever you can, rather than to & fro. I use grade 0000 - available off the shelf in the village.

Cheers, Tim

old mart07/08/2020 16:31:37
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Polyurethane varnish seems to be pretty good for resisting fuels and is tougher than most varnishes.

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