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Forum topic by SkiTique posted 06-13-2016 12:28 PM 249 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2016 12:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak finishing

I am about to start finishing an oak farmhouse table that I built over the weekend. I plan to do two coats of Minwax stain, its a blend of Dark Walnut and Red Mahogany. I would like to keep the final finish somewhat dull or low gloss. should I simply wax and buff after the stain is dried or do you have any other suggestions. I used Waterlox original and Waterlox Satin on my Island countertop. The original went on great, but the top coat of satin doesn’t seem to apply as well. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 06-13-2016 01:37 PM

About the only complaint I have about Waterlox is that it takes weeks to cure. As for the Waterlox Original in satin, that’s all I use.

I’d apply the stain and let it completely dry, then apply the Waterlox. I would not wax the stain prior to the application of Waterlox. I apply Waterlox with a foam brush.

The first coat of Waterlox usually looks less than great. Second coat looks better, and 3rd and 4th coats look great. Wait 24 hours between coats and let it cure for a few weeks before you take any further actions to the finish.

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