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Topic # 226402 5-Jan-2018 16:49
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I ask the question because I have some putty that, while flexible, is a tad dry.


And I'm too tight to:


a) Buy a new pot of putty


b) Buy a bottle of linseed oil


How about Canola? Olive? Engine oil?


Please share your experience :-)

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  Reply # 1931110 6-Jan-2018 04:54
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It seems that with massage oil, the opposite sex often become like putty in your hands - so I’d be tempted to give that a go.

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  Reply # 1931131 6-Jan-2018 08:34
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Yes, I can understand how that could happen, madam.

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  Reply # 1931219 6-Jan-2018 12:47
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I've thinned pure Linseed oil with Mineral Turps before. Maybe try working some into a bit and see if it softens.


But I've noticed when putty 'cures' it's from the surface in.
I think the Linseed oil component has some type of irreversible oxidative reaction that sets it permanently..


Over many years it hardens all the way through, gets brittle, finally cracking & pulling away from the glass and wood.
If yours has already started that process - maybe spring for some fresh stuff?

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  Reply # 1931331 6-Jan-2018 15:09
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Thanks, Sidestep, but I think I've cracked it.


Canola oil. Works perfectly.

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  Reply # 1931932 8-Jan-2018 08:23
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You need a drying oil. Canola is not a drying oil.


Drying oils include linseed oil, tung oil, poppy seed oil, perilla oil, and walnut oil.

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  Reply # 1932106 8-Jan-2018 11:25
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You didn't read my original post.


I said I wanted a small amount of oil to soften putty that 'was still flexible but a tad dry'.


Canola worked fine.



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  Reply # 1932188 8-Jan-2018 12:32
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I think elbrownos' point is that Canola oil will soften the putty will never dry completely so you won't be able to paint over it.

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