Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
what I would do is to sand it well, then use a hair drier and warm some spots here and there not hot just toasty, and see if the BLO shows on the surface , if not its dry enough , a good sanding will ensure the poly is abraded to afford adhesion, and open it up as much as possible for the oil to penetrate , be aware that Waterlox has alot of amber to it , so test a scrap first, also do not be surprised if you get a similar look on the first coat of two, because the poly will seal the wood where the BLO doesn't, meaning it can be absorbed at different rates, but after a good overnight dry , either of the oils mentioned will seal and be dry, subsequent coats will build to an equal sheen , and in the case ( because we have so much different stuff here) it doesn't we can fix that as well,
as to your comment, I have been at this for a while now, I am not a fan of BLO , its terrible, in the day when it was actually Boiled it did OK, its still a weak finish,compared to the products we have today, what most are doing is simply adding japan drier to make the stuff dry , its not polymerized like the older stuff, its alot cheaper to throw some drier in it and call it "Boiled" , and its cheap by most finish products, just how I see it, I have some walnut floors in my home, as well as some heart pine ,I have waterlox on the pine and Arm R seal on the walnut .. been down about 5 years now , and I have 2 large dogs, no issues , I also agree forums generate alot of opinions , but its the facts that count and its hard to distinguish the difference ...I refrain from the forums , because while I really enjoy helping folks, I dont have the time to debate, I have made a living all my life doing this, if some one has a question I am always ready and willing to help..and I will tell you what I think, but more so what I "Know", for me the greatest thing is your success.. otherwise im perfectly content to be on the sidelines... my email is above and I will help if I can... never hesitate.. im just like you, just tripped over a few more rocks , that's all... keep me advised... we are on uncertain territory here.. but to clarify, just sand it well.. then lets get it done
Last edited by CharlesNeil; 04-23-2010 at 04:33 PM.