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Nov 30th, 2007 at 2:01pm
 
I have a herd of pieces in the finish process.  All wood is sealed.  Oil has been applied.  The last coat I applied is not drying but is sticky. 
1)  Could it be that my oil finish has gone bad? 
2)  Should I wipe the pieces down with mineral spirits to get rid of the sticky?
3)  Would you try to thin and continue using the old oil finish, or would just dump it and start with a new bottle?
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Reply #1 - Nov 30th, 2007 at 2:15pm
 
What type of oil are you using?
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Reply #2 - Nov 30th, 2007 at 9:13pm
 
Ace Tung Oil Finish, gloss

I still want your answers, but I have gotten some new finish. 
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Reply #3 - Nov 30th, 2007 at 9:28pm
 
Rev I have had trouble with the Ace brand when the humidity is high and then when it falls it seems to set up and before when i used the Formby brand it did not seem be as much of issue but still took longer when the humidity was high
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Reply #4 - Nov 30th, 2007 at 9:48pm
 
It could also be the type of wood you are putting it on. I know when I use padauk it takes forever to dry because it is an oily wood to start with.
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Reply #5 - Dec 1st, 2007 at 12:08pm
 
Ok folks, here's the deal as I've put it together with the insights of all of you, the folks on Wood Central, and going back over what I have.  First, the oil was purchased nearly a year ago.  It did spend a good bit of time in my garage/shop that is not air conditioned.  Second, I normally pour out what I think I will need into a container and work out of that.  Any remainder is examined for dust, dirt, and crud and returned to the bottle if found clean.  Third, I went to pour the remainder back into the bottle the other day and saw that there was some gelling taking place.  Fourth, I was going on my wife's telling me that the finish was sticky.

Well the verdict is:  The finish is old, but not as bad as I thought it was.  If the pieces had been sticky, my best recourse would have been to wipe them down with a generous amount of fresh oil to soften and loosen the old sticky stuff, followed by wiping to as dry as possible.  Once that had cured then I probably could have gone to the buffer and come out with a great finish. 

Seems that once the finish has begun to gel it is too late to add thinner.  It is a good idea to add a bit of thinner when the oil begins to get too thick to really soak in.  Gel signifies that the oil has begun to break down and clump together with the urethanes.  Best thing to do is to toss it out and start fresh. 

So, all that to say, thanks for all your insights and help.  I hope this helps someone else down the road as well.
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