question for waterproofing canvas

Phil Vergamini Phil at
Thu Mar 1 11:33:11 EST 2001

	I've noticed that linseed oil is recommended a lot in this 
thread.  This is just a cautionary note.  We've all heard at one time 
or another about the dangers of oil soaked rags causing fires by 
spontaneous combustion,  I have heard linseed oil is a particularly 
bad actor in this regard.  I don't have a reference handy for this 
but would recommend that any linseed oil soaked cloth be hung out to 
dry (rather than piled on a workbench to be attended to later).  It 
is surprising how much heat is generated in a short period of time 
(an hour or two - it doesn't take days or weeks to spontaneously 

Phil Vergamini, Santa Fe, NM
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