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Posted on a little confused about watco danish oil

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 05:23 PM


Any time your topcoat feels tacky, the first thing you need to consider is whether you have let the coats under it dry well enough. One of the issues with “oil/varnish” blends is, if in fact the finish DOES contain oil, whether the oil dries thoroughly. If not, and you apply additional coats on top of undried oil, you;re going to have a sticky mess. That said, Watco is a wiping varnish with very little if any oil in it. Wiping varnishes tend to dry a bit faster than traditional alkyd varnish because the solvent used in making it may be naptha or tolulene. Not sure what the solvent for Watco is, off the top of my head. My first thought is that the last coat is tacky because the previous coat didnt dry enough. you can speed up dry time by using a box fan to circulate air around your work piece. Dont direct the air directly at the piece. If (when) the piece dries, you;ll likely have dust nibs and debris to level sand out. That’s routine with varnish.

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