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Old 02-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Diesel Spill On Raw 2-1/4" Oak


In filling or moving (sloshing) a torpedo heater, I noticed that a few drops diesel fuel has shown up on this project.
When the traffic slows, I plan on using some kitty litter product, for a few days before it gets sanded.
Anyone have any thoughts?
The floor will be stained.
Thanks,
Gary

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Old 02-03-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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The sooner you address the spill, the better. IMO, nothing is going to get diesel off of raw wood.

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I'd swap the boards out. I'd hate to wait till the finish started going down to find out that the poly wouldn't stick.
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In filling or moving (sloshing) a torpedo heater, I noticed that a few drops diesel fuel has shown up on this project.
When the traffic slows, I plan on using some kitty litter product, for a few days before it gets sanded.
Anyone have any thoughts?
The floor will be stained.
Thanks,
Gary
I would test the area with stain to determine if the boards should be replaced. How many boards are we talking about?
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In filling or moving (sloshing) a torpedo heater, I noticed that a few drops diesel fuel has shown up on this project.
When the traffic slows, I plan on using some kitty litter product, for a few days before it gets sanded.
Anyone have any thoughts?
The floor will be stained.
Thanks,
Gary
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or apply one coat of diesel all over..to match the rest
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It was just a few drops and seems to be evaporating.
Will still use kitty litter as soon as the painters are out/done.
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Is it died fuel, or clear fuel? If it's clear fuel, my bet is you'll be fine. Try sanding the spots out & do a test with stain, then poly. If it's oil base stain & finish, I doubt you'll have any issues but the only way to know for sure is to test first.
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Thinners, and fuels on raw wood is usually a game over scenario
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Thinners, and fuels on raw wood is usually a game over scenario
I use paint thinner on bare wood all the time to check clear coat color before finishing. I've used acetone and diatomaceous earth to pull oil out of wood before. The biggest problem is getting whatever you're using as an absorbent back out of the grain. It think kitty litter may be impossible to get out of the grain.

You have to let the solvent get out of the wood before you can finish it, which can take some time.
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I use paint thinner on bare wood all the time to check clear coat color before finishing. I've used acetone and diatomaceous earth to pull oil out of wood before. The biggest problem is getting whatever you're using as an absorbent back out of the grain. It think kitty litter may be impossible to get out of the grain.

You have to let the solvent get out of the wood before you can finish it, which can take some time.
Me too, nothing like a splash of mineral spirits to show a client what their floor is gonna look like.

acetone, lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol & mineral spirits are all degreasers & should lift deisel fuel.
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Its funny how some guys are comfortable with some techniques that I'd lose sleep over. I wouldn't gamble with solvents and kitty litter, but that's just me, might turn out just fine. Interested to hear the verdict.
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Its funny how some guys are comfortable with some techniques that I'd lose sleep over. I wouldn't gamble with solvents and kitty litter, but that's just me, might turn out just fine. Interested to hear the verdict.
27 years of working with hardwoods teaches ya a thing or 2. Most of them learned from f***ups
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20 years has taught me to minimize opportunities for disasters lol. Back before we had the internet for info we learned the hard way
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Its funny how some guys are comfortable with some techniques that I'd lose sleep over. I wouldn't gamble with solvents and kitty litter, but that's just me, might turn out just fine. Interested to hear the verdict.
If you're restoring the wood on an antique firearm, you usually have to pull a lot of oil and grease out of the wood before you can do much else. Solvents and something to absorb the crud, traditionally "laundry whiting", or you can be very very patient and skip the solvents.
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This is an example of the whiting I'm talking about (calcium carbonate). This ones for glass work, but the laundry kind is the same thing (and I think cheaper):

http://www.bigmsg.com/whiting-powder...uup8jm28nrpi14
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Me too, nothing like a splash of mineral spirits to show a client what their floor is gonna look like.

acetone, lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol & mineral spirits are all degreasers & should lift deisel fuel.
I was taught to use turpentine for wetting the flitches when laying out veneer. It has a longer open time.

That doesn't mean it's right. I'm just reminiscing. Use turp at your own risk.

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