Hello - I am pregnant and planning to purchase your Baby Safe Crib Finish for an unfinished birch crib and a second product, likely the Special Linseed Oil to finish newly installed interior stain grade doors (pine i think). I have a few questions:
...How does the Bio Poly Natural product differ from the Linseed Oil - would you recommend one or the other for the door project?
Is second finishing product needed after the linseed oil or bio poly application?
Is 2 pints enough for the door project - two 15 light french doors? Last question, are these products safe to use in a well ventilated area while pregnant? Thank you!
Bio Poly Natural is a comprehensive wood finish formula whereas Special Linseed Oil is one of the components used in that formula. My personal favorite is Bio Poly Natural for all doors, with Mountain XT Clear 00 on any exterior facing sides.
We used it when my wife was pregnant and it worked well but it does have some natural odor of beeswax, citrus and the SLO.
Sometimes any odor, even of basic foods, would bother my wife when pregnant.
How many coats is determined by how much nourishment the wood needs. If done based on a general rule (1 coat or 2 or 3...) then some woods that are drier will not get all they need while other woods may get too much.
That said, most birch cribs will get one coat of Baby Safe and maybe a polish occasionally.
Two pints is probably enough for a couple doors. You can also use the Baby Safe on the doors.
There are many claims made about "Safe while pregnant" I don't agree with. Earthpaint started because I was poisoned by paint supposedly "safe".
There are too many factors to make any claims in this respect. Knowing the ingredients is key. With Baby Safe you get pure beeswax and pure, super clean linseed oil. They are made in food grade vessels (but not intended to eat).
The other part of the story that consumers aren't usually told about is that projects can raise up a lot of toxins and irritants from the environment. Just wetting wood releases chemicals. Some people are sensitive to chemicals released from pine, while others don't do well with exotic woods. There just no way to say for sure. Also, dust from sanding is irritating and some of our customers can not tolerate dust without getting sick. There are so many factors I can think of right now but to keep it brief, my suggestion would be to take it slow, try a pint, see how it feels and works for you in a small area and if you feel comfortable doing the work then perhaps it's the right fit for you. If there is any hesitation I'd have someone else do the work. My wife painted and was around our wood finishes and our kids are very healthy and doing great.
Sample pints are recommended for creating a finished sample in advance.
Tom Rioux founded Earthpaint after becoming severely ill as a professional paint contractor.