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Delboy17/07/2012 20:34:24
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Having just finished replacing my old "ranch" style stair and landing bannister and rails with hemlock rails and spindles a la Richard Burbidge, I am seeking any advice on final finish for both protection and look. So far the replacements have had two coats of Danish oil. I was originally planning another one or two but the smell lingers and I'm not sure I want any more of it - no complaints from "management" yet but they may come. Anyway, I would be grateful for any advice on what you guys think may be the best finish coat.I did have sanding sealer in mind but am not sure. Any help would be gratefully received.

Thanks all.

Big Al17/07/2012 21:23:49
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Sanding sealer may not work as you have already given it 2 coats of danish oil. My advice would be to give it another coat of danish oil. The smell goes away very quickly. And if you can, apply it with a fine scouring pad, this will ensure a very smooth finish.


Doug17/07/2012 21:33:16
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Like Al says I would also go for further coats of Danish oil,

Try burning a couple of candles in the same room, away from the oil, whilst applying the oil & while it`s going off.

SWMBO always burns candles when I do any decorating & it does seem to help.



Delboy17/07/2012 22:01:40
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Thanks Big Al - hadn't thought about a scouring pad. Good idea about the candles Doug - will certainly give that a go.

Cheers Guys


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