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    Seems like I remember seeing a thread sometime ago about thinning Tru Oil with something. Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks for any info.

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    Why are you looking to thin Tru-Oil? I have used it a bunch, and with various things added. What are you trying to do with the Tru-Oil, maybe I can steer you to the right instructions.


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    Thin the truoil with a small amount of kerosene.

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    There was a thread where tru-oil was mixed with Armorall to make it dry faster. I tried it and decided to just use the tru-oil the way it came out of the bottle.

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    Thanks for the answers. I have used Tru Oil for years on gun stocks and on a few knives. Seems like the thread I saw said something about better penetration when thinned. Just curious is all.

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    Search for "Bruce Bump" and Tru-oil. He has his own way of working with it and you sure can't argue with the quality of his results!
    Here's Bruce :

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...hter-WIP/page2

    I've been using it straight from the bottle, and I don't think I've got it quite dialed in yet, but am liking how 4-5 light coats rubbed in look and feel.
    I'm not using it on anything oily like Cocobolo or Ebony, seems to always come out sticky. Lots to learn.
    Andy

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    BB's comments on the short shelf life can be lengthened a bit by removing the airspace in the bottle, keep a handful of marbles handy and drop them into the bottle to take up some airspace.

    I think I got that from Brownell's Kinks books.

    You can also try thinning with Acetone instead of mineral spirits.
    I think it dries faster.

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    I have used it a ton like I said before. I found that it is sensitive to relative humidity. Definitely like it dry, 50% RH or less. I like to apply the finish during a cooling period, in the evening as to reduce outgassing of the wood or air expanding and causing bubbles. If used straight, I like o apply the first coat with sandpaper, then wipe the excess off across the grain. I do use the armorall method frequently, but the final 2-3 coats without it to reduce the milky haze. Acetone works very well to thin it if covering checkering or details you don't want filled in with finish.

    The marbles is a good tip, but I also store mine upside down to reduce the chance of air intruding into the bottle. If you try the armorall method, be sure to pour a small amount of oil into a seperate cup so you don't contaminate the bottle.


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    I've used True oil for quite a few projects. It worked particularly well on an MI Garand parts gun awhile back.


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    Do any of you use a buff at all? I never have tried it.

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    To polish it out? I almost always cut mine back with #0000 steel wool for a satin shine after a month or two of curing. But I have used a white compound on a soft cloth to see how it looked. Don't know if its the best method, but I still ended up cutting it back.


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