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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 06:39 PM


I’ve used Danish Oil (Watco) on many , many projects, and I see no advantage to thinning it. Danish oil is already pretty thin, and I don’t think thinning it to get a deeper, richer tone, or deeper penetration is necessary. I find the d.o. shows off the beauty of the wood, and enhances the wood grain to show you exactly what it will look like before the top coat is applied, such as polyurethane or varnish, etc. I also find that Danish is not good by itself, as it doesn’t have the protection as does good layers of top coats. The way I finish a project (and this is just me), is usually I apply 2 coats of Danish, letting dry good in between coats, sand in between coats lightly with 0000 steel wool, or 800-1000 wet/dry paper, and finish off with about 4 layers of wipe-on poly.. After about 2 weeks, I polish with Johnsons Paste Wax…Sorry for the long post…didn’t mean to get carried away with explanations….:))

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