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[Cob] Re: Linseed oil and Bee's WaxPack McKibben gakayaker at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 10 17:57:46 PDT 2005
I should be a little more discriptive about what I called "cracks". I meant indentations in the floor. All cracks were sealed before the first coat of linseed oil. The yellow-ish paste I made from 2 parts oil and 1 part bee's wax is very dull on the surface of the floor and yellow in these "indentations". I am going to try to find a buffing machine or hand drill buffing pad to heat up the floor by friction, and hopefully polish the floor. I don't mind seeing the yellow in the indentations if the overall appearance is polished looking. At least that's what I was going for in the first place. I'm not opposed to something a little different. Just following the book, so to speak... The wax completely melted in the linseed oil while on the stove. When this liquid was placed on the floor, the cool floor immediately caused the warm liquid to solidify into a yellow waxy paste. Rubbing until my arms almost fell off still didn't make a polished look. Only a dull floor with yellow wax in the indentations. [snip]...from Shannon.... It's been a while since I last did this (some day I should stop experimenting and just do something the normal way :-) but as I recall, we completely melted the bees wax in the linseed oil and applied it while it was still liquid, using a couple of rags to buff and move any excess into areas we hadn't yet applied the mix to (this was the only buffing we did, though I don't think our surface was quite as polished looking as some I've seen, it looked quite good to me). It sounds like you might just have to much of the mix on the floor. The cracks you are referring to, are they in the floor surface or just where it joins with the walls? Any significant cracks should have been patched before sealing the floor, and any minor/hairline cracks should have been completely filled/sealed by the linseed oil so that there are no actual physical cracks in the surface (though they may still be visible though the linseed oil). Given the state of things as you describe them, buffing with the drill might be a good choice. ---------------------------------------- __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com
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