Watco not drying!

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Blog entry by Brendan posted 03-27-2011 04:15 AM 1095 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been thinking about how this posting may sound to a lot of you. “Wow, this guy is an idiot, or he doesn’t have a clue on what he is doing.” These thoughts may be true and in some cases diffidently true. But…. but, I have been a custom woodworker for 16 years now. In all these years I have been working in high end custom shops from the east coast to the west coast. Not making boxes (uppers and lowers) I have had the fortune to have worked with a lot of amazingly talented craftspeople. I do now conciser myself as one of them…. In other words, ” I know what end to the tape to look at.”

Here it is. I made this table out of Sapele and used Watco Walnut oil stain. But the watco is still bleeding out of the pores of the grain after 3 weeks. I have used ton of sapele, so I am very familiar with this wood. Blah, Blah, Blah. I have not use watco very much. However, when I have, I like it.

The piece sat for a week before I sprayed it, to dry. Sprayed it. The next day I start seeing blotching. Next day more blotching, then came the colorful words Like; Son of a %^&$%, and Mother&%$&$% , and *&%^*&^# !!! Trust me there were a lot more of then. I stripped it down, sanded, and then *&^$$&$@!!! I then used Lacquer thinner ( four times now). Heat gun it. I even put it in the sauna twice to cook any of this watco out and dry it. Still oozing!

This is one of the most baffling woodwork experiences I have ever encountered. I googled this and found some other with this problem. Have any of you experienced this with watco?

P.s. I think this posting tag might go under Woodburning!, if doesn’t stop oozing.

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 05:42 AM

I feel your pain.

Have you tried using acetone….......apply liberally and it might pull the oil out ?

Also, you might try an automotive finishing supply store. Folks who paint cars come across similar problems and maybe they have a product that will help

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

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 06:07 AM


Have you tried to contact Watco customer service? Maybe they have an antidote.

I had a custom mix of stain that gave me a similar problem (not Watco); it kept bleeding and absolutely would not dry. (I had only used it on some oak trim so I didn’t waste a whole sapele table!) I went back and complained; they didn’t seem to believe me (I’m just a woman; what would I know), but finally got them to mix another batch and had no problem with it.

I wish you success in finding a solution to your dilemma.

”In everything give thanks . . .” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ;-)


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#3 posted 03-28-2011 12:33 AM

I would contact the Watco people like lightweight suggested. They should be able to help or suggest something. What about TSP and wash it. Would that stop it. You are in a mess here. Contact Watco and talk to their engineering staff.

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 05:59 PM

Did you have any lick on this. This reminds me of a time when I was in school. Someone stripped an old piece of furniture one morning and was going to stain that evening. It didn’t have time for the stripper vapors to dry and leave. The finish wouldn’t cure but that was different that you problem. I was just interested in what WATCO had to say to you.

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