We do have mineral oil in Australia... and it's what baby oil is, but baby oil has added fragrances. You should be able to find it. It's often labelled as machine oil - you put it in your sewing machine. So you definitely would have seen it around.
I thought the article called for mineral spirits, though?
Mineral spirits in the US can be mineral turpentine, or white spirits here. depending on the use called for. I'm sure some googling can sort it out.If Google doesn't work, you can always email a US company that produces their mineral spirits to find out the exact chemical makeup - or even find out from one of their MSDS info sheets. That'll help figure out which compound they're talking about
@Former Workshop member yes you're right, not mineral oil, I know I was flabbergasted yesterday, I didn't realise I'd made that mistake too. Thank you for taking the time to help me with this, I'm going to re-read your answers and see what I come up with........when my head is clear enough to understand LOL Anyone would think I'd been sniffing gum turpentine!
@Former Workshop member Righto, just read your second answer about tinting linseed and coating, then coating with outdoor oil. Can I do this over the stain that I have already applied or do I have to sand it back? I think I can see the timber is still thirsty,,,,,,,if that makes sense. Thanks
Ah! the old turps! Been sniffing it myself today - epoxy rust guard paint. Spring maintenance - gotta love it, lol.
Yep, there's a LOT to take in... I've got more than a few years of trial and error, mostly error, under the belt, so you can't just immediately know what's best to do. I still struggle with some things, the sheer volume of info around - I hear you.
Yes, you can go over the stain,be it oil or water, just be aware of colour mix... blue and yellow make green etc. If you want a red or red/purple, it's no problem over brown. Once you put oil down, you can't go over with a water based product, though... not without difficulty.
You've wetted enough already, if you used water based stain - the wood will be thirsty for oil, now. So the tinted linseed should get sucked right in and the colour too. Then you do as many coats to get the colour. Then I'd go the bondall furniture oil cuz it has uv protectors, blah blah, and will stop any possible colour transference and fading. You will get some uv fading, cuz that's the way of things, but you just go in with the furniture oil once a year, to keep that minimised. You know it's got enough coats when it feels like, say, a piece of jarrah - smooth and a bit slippy to the touch.
@Former Workshop member TOO funny! I was going to ask that question re the artist paint/enamel, because.........I just had the inkling and couldn't really see any decent red paint except for spray cans on the Bunnings website!
Now, to find where I can buy oil based artist paint around me. Thanks Jan-jan 🤪 <--- ME Turpentine Head!!