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Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« on: September 12, 2008, 05:27:02 PM »
I have noticed while turning bocote, cocobolo and a few other woods that it takes the finish forever to dry. What finish do you suggest for these kinds of woods?

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2008, 05:30:27 PM »
I don't know if what I did was right but it seemed to work good. I finished mine with carnauba wax. It's a few weeks old now and nothing leaking through or anything like that.

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008, 05:55:16 PM »
Is that a liquid wax or what?

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2008, 06:30:06 PM »
Solid. You get a buffing wheel, and while running, hit it briefly with the bar, and then buff the call. http://www.pennstateind.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?
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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2008, 07:15:01 PM »
Coco, bocote and a few other of the oily woods dont really needa finish.  Just a good rub down with some teak oil ad then some wax.  Over time, the calls will take on a nice patina of their own and look really good.

If you want to use a finish, a lot of guys have said they have had good results with rubbing the wood with acetone or another cleaner to remove the surface oil and then they apply the finish.  I dont know how well this works but they seem to swear by it.

Now, I usually finish cocobolo with just wax or use a super glue type finish.

Dogcatcher posted something a while back about finishing oily woods I think.  You could try the search but I dont know for sure he posted it here.

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2008, 07:21:34 PM »
Lacquer is the best bet for a durable finish.  The teak oil is what I would use, it is not a pure oil it is actually a type of varnish.  Teak oil provides a good protective finish.  Wax is really a protective coat for the finish and not a finish in itself.  Carnauba is the hardest know wax but still not as protective of wood as a finish.

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2008, 07:29:56 PM »
Thank you guys.

I have been using either a tung oil finish but it seems the odor never leaves and then I went to a spar urethane. I have tried both of those on bocote and cocobolo and after several days it still is tacky. I need to fix that problem.

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2008, 08:08:07 PM »
Blacky, try some MINK OIL.  I use mink oil almost exclusivley on all woods as a base. It acts as a water repellant/sealant/protectant. After you apply it, let it sit nice and pretty for three to four days and it will be ready for any finish you want.  I do this and then use MOSERS Paste Wax for final coating.  I've had pretty good luck and nice results with this combo! 
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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2008, 12:38:24 AM »
I spray or dip mine in deft lacquer only. I don't use acetone on them at all and never have had a problem. Poly will not dry on coco so your going to have to wipe it off as good as you can and then use deft or something similar.      Ryan

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008, 07:04:39 PM »
For oily woods I start with a BLO soaking, then let it drip dry, then buff out with carnuba wax on a buffing wheel
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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 12:30:56 AM »
I use the carnuba on my bocote and coco  calls also.Works well for me so far.
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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2008, 05:38:52 AM »
I use a friction polish to finish all my calls.I put it on while on the lathe leave the lathe on while the polish dries then buff it out.Seems to wrk pretty well





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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2008, 09:47:46 AM »
This coco call is a teak oil finish buffed on a three wheel buff after it dries. Let the teak oil dry for a couple of days before you buff. Shawn


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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2008, 10:27:25 AM »
Now that is a finish, a beautiful finish and a good functional and durable finish.

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Re: Finishing Bocote and Cocobolo
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2008, 05:03:25 PM »
I agree, that is a beautiful finish.

I want to thank everyone whio has replied to this post. I have learned a lot.
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