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Blog entry by BigD1 posted 01-12-2011 09:11 AM 4441 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can someone give me a heads up on the finish “Waterlox”. Is it good , bad???

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 09:18 AM

not me

guessing its better then no finish ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 09:34 AM

search this site, there is a lot of praise for it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 06:27 PM

Big D,

I used Waterlox recently on a bed I made. I really like the finish. It goes on easy. You can easily smooth the coats with a light sanding. It protects well and can be buffed with pumice and rotten earth to give a great luster. I agree with Kunk that it will darken the wood (I used it on Maple and it gave the wood a mellow yellow color).

A word of caution though. The finish does contain volatile organics, so were a good mask or ventilator when you apply it. Also, the tung oil in the finish will take a couple of weeks to cure and may still off gas after that. The smell was giving my wife headaches after a couple of weeks so I had to move the bed back into the workshop to cure some more. The Waterlox website says it can take up to 90 days to fully cure.


-- Tadd, Denver,

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 09:13 PM

Flexner says that Waterlox is a varnish thinned with mineral spirits. I’ve used it on the floor of an outside porch, where it seems to be holding up fairly well. It is very dark and will take weeks to finish curing completely. And be aware that like all varnishes, it will start curing in the container once you open it unless you put something like Bloxygen in to keep the O2 away.

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