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  • Thinning Varnish

    I am applying varnish onto something that I made.
    On application, it says 1st coat- thin it 50% with mineral spirits, 2nd coat- 25%, 3rd coat- 15% and so on....
    This makes me wonder what exactly it means.
    50% means 1 varnish : 1 mineral spirits ? then 25% is 2:1 ?
    Or 50% is 2:1 , 25% is 4:1 ?
    Or 50% is 1:1 , 25% is 3:1 ?

    I hope you understand what I mean.
    Please someone tell me !

    By the way, wood is western red cedar and varnish is Epifanes wood finish gloss and matte.

    Thanks
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    Re: Thinning Varnish

    Percentage number refers to amount of thinners, so 50% is equal parts mineral spirits and varnish, 25% is 1 part thinners 3 parts varnish and 15% is 1 part thinners and about 5.6 parts varnish (if you went 1 to 6 it would be OK, no need to be super anal LOL)

    Paul

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    • #3

      Re: Thinning Varnish

      Thanks Paul.
      Now I know exactly what i am going to do.

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