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Old 03-20-00, 10:12 PM
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We're putting up pine T&G paneling in our basement. I want to simply finish it with a clear varnish. What kind should I use? Can I use an oil, instead of varnish? It seems that I'm supposed to do it after the boards are put up? Won't this be harder than if I did it before we put them up?
 
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Old 03-21-00, 07:03 PM
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Lots of people use regular linseed oil for this purpose. I'm finishing up a job right now where we are supposedly going to use a linseed oil/turpentine mix. Spar is a good varnish.

It is a matter of preference whether you do it before or after. Some folks don't like to get the stain or oil on them while they are installing. They'd rather get it all over themselves later!

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