|Forum topic by Keen1||posted 08-13-2010 04:04 PM||30001 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-13-2010 04:04 PM
I am finishing a swing seat of goncola alves for a friend. I initially thought the swing was going to be outside so I choose to finish in teak oil and starting applying a few coats only to find out it’s going to be inside. I doubt I would have choosen teak oil if I knew it was going inside but I do like the finish I’m starting to see. Question I have is how many coats do I need to apply. About 70-80% of the board has a nice finish, there are a couple of spots that look to me (and I’m a novice so please keep that in mind) like they are soaking up more oil and need more applied. Since they swing may get a fair amount of use from children I was going to top coat with a few coats of wipe on poly. I’ve got 5 coats of teak oil on now and cured for over a week. Should I go ahead with the wipe on poly or should I apply more teak oil. I ask because I’ve read that you should keep applying the oil until the board simply won’t take any more. But is that only the case if you plan on using the oil alone as the finish (which I must admit I’m considering because I like the look so much – any advice on the poly topcoat would be appreciated as well). I’ve also read to apply 3-4 coats and then apply wipe on poly (or other topcoat) so I’m confused. Okay back to the spots that don’t look quite finished, they are mostly around the larger darker grains on the most figured portion of the board so maybe it has some to do with the way the light is hitting those grains as well. But it really doesn’t look quite finished from any angle.
For what it’s worth, I’ve also been finishing a scrap piece from this same board along side the seat so I can test the finish before applying to the seat. The poly did seem to bring out the grain a little more but it’s so small it’s hard to tell. (I was mainly using the test piece to keep an eye on the color. I used some brown transtint dye because my friend was clear she wanted it to be dark brown)
Sorry to ramble, just seem to be so many variables to consider and need to figure out if I’ll spend my spare time this weekend wiping oil or poly.
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