Here's a Question from Volume 3 - Issue #3 issue of RodMaker magazine:
In one of your previous Q&A columns, you talked about oil
finishes for wood reel seat inserts. With all the various
formulations on the market, how can I know if what I am
working with is really a pure oil or if something else has
been added? The manufacturer won't tell me.
~ Ben, Dayton TX
Take the product you are working with and pour some of it out
onto a clean, smooth surface, preferably a piece of glass if you
have some handy. You don't need much, just enough to cover
maybe a silver-dollar-sized area. Let it set up overnight and
examine it the next day. If it is soft and a bit wrinkled, you
have an oil. If it has dried hard and smooth, you have some
type of wiping varnish. There is nothing wrong with either type
and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully you
have chosen the best product for your particular application.
~ Tom Kirkman
If you have any tips or techniques, send them
along! Help out your fellow rodmakers!
~ Publisher, FAOL