Danish oil taking off stain?

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Forum topic by agallant posted 11-23-2016 12:29 PM 502 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2016 12:29 PM

im in the process of refinishing a cherry hutch for my wife. I used some min wax to darken the wood and let it dry over night. This morning I went to put on a coat of Watco Danish oil and the rag is red from the stain. Was the stain just not completley dry yet or is the oil removing it?

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#1 posted 11-23-2016 02:58 PM

If you used oil based stain, there is a good chance the Danish oil is removing it as it is also an oil based product.

You could try waiting a week or so for the stain to fully dry and see if that helps. It may not. Another option would be to seal in the stain with a coat of shellac, and then use a film topcoat like poly or lacquer. With the shellac there a penetrating finish like danish oil would not work.


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#2 posted 11-23-2016 03:51 PM

Makes sense. I have a coat on now. I’m going to let everything dry for a few days and seal it with rub on Polly.

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#3 posted 11-23-2016 06:13 PM

If I’m using Danish oil and want some color, I get the colored oil. I like the Dark Walnut on quartersawn oak for example. For cherry, I use Natural and then go over it with amber shellac. It gives a nice warm tone that darkens as it ages.

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