Re: [baidarka] List Archive

Stefano Moretti (
Tue, 05 May 1998 17:46:49 +0200

Date: Tue, 05 May 1998 17:46:49 +0200
From: Stefano Moretti <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] List Archive

Dr. Rene Rajewicz wrote:
> several months ago, somebody listed a recipe for a finish that
> could be applied to woodent frames etc:
> I recall something like this:
> 1/3 varnish (what kind?)
> 1/3 linseed oil
> 1/3 turpentine
> ??
> does anybody have the exact info on this?

Good point made for the need of FAQs section !

as for the recipe, It was me.

varnish: not polyurethane based
linseed oil: boiled, can freshly opened
turpentine: best choice, or general purpose thinner (compatible with

If you stick with turpentine applying coats may result even in a
pleasent experience if compared to synthetics, but it is no good for
health either.

Proportions are not so strict: more solvent, = faster drying and better
penetration, more varnish: more brilliant finish. More linseed oil,
greasier protection.

This formulation allows future painting with no hassle for sanding and
other preparation.

Go over and over with a brush until wood is soaked, then repeat when dry
spots appear, until the wood says enough... Then wipe excess (I use
paper towel for less hair on finish) and let it dry, Takes several days.

Finish is matte and warm honey glow on clear woods.

Blend stores fine for only few days , preferably in can with little
amount of air.

Good luck, Stefano