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    Cut an eagle recently, finished it with 2 coats of Danish oil, let it dry then framed it and hung it in a restaurant for sale. While looking at it after hanging I noticed what looked to be some tape residue on the wood that kinda sticks when looking at it at an angle. Can I take some mineral spirits and get it off now even though it has the Danish oil on it or will that mess up the finish? Will I need to reapply the oil in that spot? What are my options?
    I didn't catch it soon enough much to my chagrin. I'm hoping to get it off somehow without having to trash it and frame another because I only have 1 left after cutting 4 and 2 are for x-mas.
    I know the spirits will get it off but will it hurt or dull my oil?
    Confuscious says, "The cautious seldom err".
    Confuscious didn't own a scrollsaw either.

  • #2
    Your eagle

    If the Danish Oil is cured, then the mineral spirits should not effect it.

    Do a test, by rubbing a little MS on the side or the back of the frame to see if it effects the finish, it should tell you your answer.

    Good Luck.

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    • #3
      Alas!

      it isn't tape residue after all. It is Danish oil because the piece wasn't fully dried yet. I found this out accidently yesterday because I did it again. Oiled a few pieces Saturday night and it was about 20 degrees outside and not much warmer inside shed. Let'em sit for about 30 hrs. to dry. Shed stayed cool due to shade and it didn't get over 40 Sunday. Went to frame them Monday and same thing happened, grayish streaks and spots on piece. Took it back apart and looked and found it was oil on glass and not tape residue. Tried all 4 pieces with same result. Placed them in the sun for a bit and tried again with same result except not as bad. Longer they dried the less spots / streaks they had. Letting dry overnight in house and they seemed to feel dryer and not as oily to touch this morning. Good lesson learned, don't oil in cold weather and if ya' do don't be in a hurry to frame it up.
      Confuscious says, "The cautious seldom err".
      Confuscious didn't own a scrollsaw either.

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      • #4
        "Drying Oil" in cold temperature

        Capt,

        You could warm up the drying oil, by placing the container in some hot water. A small heater would also work if you were pressed.

        Waiting, is the best solution.

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