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Stains Out Of Waste Oil
With the price of paints and stains climbing astronomically, this idea from Milan Lacika in Houston, British Columbia, could be a real money-saver.
“I made my own stains from waste oil to protect unpainted wood fences, gates, and buildings by combining 1 gal. of any exterior oil-based stain with 4 gal. of waste oil, and then adding 2 to 3 times the recommended amount of Japan Drier additive to the mix (available at most paint stores). You can experiment with the Japan Drier amounts if you want a faster drying time. The waste oil stain can be brushed or rolled on and the finished color will be brown.
“Here’s another way to save on the cost of paint. You can make a ‘first coat’ by mixing any partial cans of oil-based paint together (no matter what color) and diluting with 10 to 15 percent paint thinner and adding the recommended amount of Japan Drier. The color might be awful but since you’re putting on a topcoat later, it doesn’t matter.
“Another idea is how to change low gloss or flat alkyd paints to high gloss. Just add 10 to 15 percent of raw (not boiled) linseed oil and the recommended amount of Japan Drier. Linseed oil is also a great preservative for shovels, axes, and other wood handles. Just rub it in with a soaked rag.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Milan Lacika, PO Box 595, Houston, B.C. Canada V0J 1Z0.

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2022 - Volume #46, Issue #5