Just striped down a table after gummy mess of Danish long to wait before reapplying?

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Forum topic by cncfun posted 07-09-2010 09:48 PM 2272 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2010 09:48 PM

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So, I’ve worked quite a bit with regular stain (oil-based), but decided to give Danish Oil (Watco) a try. I loved the finish, but during wet sanding, had one small area gum up on me. You guessed, sanded the spot down too far and ended up using mineral spirits, followed by a wet sanding of mineral oil to strip the wood back down. How long do I need to wait before reapplying the Watco and starting the Danish Oil rub process again? This time, I will be much slower in my oil process!

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 03:53 PM

you can begin as soon as it feels dry.. Danish oil is a soft finish, and takes along time to cure , but since you have used mineral oil,its possible the mineral oil has been absorbed in to the wood, If it were me, I would clean the surface down with some naphtha or mineral spirits, to remove any undried oil, that may possibly be lingering around, then after it has dried a light scuff with some 320 or finer to reopen the wood for absorbtion, then apply the oil

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 11:50 PM

Watco Danish Oil is a blend of alkyd varnish, linseed oil and 70% solvent. It is meant to give wood a minimal “wet oil” appearance and is not a durable finish. If you want to rub out a Danish Oil finish be prepared to apply at least seven coats (or more) before attempting wet sanding. Since it dries slowly, allow at least 3 days between coats. Danish Oil is not designed for building a durable finish.

The mineral oil never dries and has probably soaked in to your wood. You will need to remove it with multiple applications of solvent (mineral spirits, turpentine, naphtha) and rubbing with an absorbent material.

If you are successful in stripping your old finish, you might want to consider starting over with a different product designed for what you want to do, e.g. a polyurethane oil varnish.

Just a suggestion…

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