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08-17-2010 04:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany finishing watco

Help. I might be in over my head.

I put Watco danish oil on a mahogany tv stand I’m working on, and I’m thoroughly depressed with it.

I thought I wiped it all off at the time of application like I was supposed to, but some areas are still a little sticky. Some of those areas have been drying for about 3 days now. I’ll wait longer before I really freak out, but… assuming the worst, what can I do? Will mineral spirits or something like that clean it up w/o making it worse?

Also, this morning I noticed a couple of splotchy areas on the top. It’s not sticky in these areas. It’s weird. Maybe it’s just the grain? I don’t know. Is this normal? Anything I can do about this?

Last question, the top and the drawer fronts didn’t turn out as dark as the main carcass… will another coat of Watco make them any darker? Haven’t tried yet due to the potential stickiness.

Thanks.


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 02:05 PM

How high is the humidity there? Watco takes longer to dry depending on humidity. A week’s dry time is not abnormal here in AZ. Also, a lot depends on the wood’s grain. Different batches will take Watco differently. I assume you are using the “natural”.

You could try a just damp rag with paint thinner rub down. I’m dubious about it removing the splotches, though.

My regime is to damp rag it, allow to dry for a week, light sand and reapply. /USUALLY/, after 2 or 3 coats, the color evens out.

Good luck.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 05:12 PM

I also wait until it is dry and apply a second or even a third coat of Watco to get an even color.

I have not had the problem of it not drying overnight though.

You might call the customer service at Watco and ask. I have usually had good results calling the manufacturer.

Domer

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#3 posted 08-17-2010 08:52 PM

Sorry about your situation but you’ll get it fixed. Sometimes oil finishes bleed back out of the wood several minutes after you’ve applied them so even if you wiped off all the excess, a half hour later there could have been a little more coming back up out of the wood. Its always a good idea to go back and wipe your work down a second time after you’ve given the oil time to migrate back to the surface.
I’d try wiping with mineral spirits on a clean rag and see where that gets you. The suggestion to call Watco was also a good one. They may know a trick or two. Good luck.

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 01:53 AM

I don’t think it’s been too humid here, it’s just been terribly hot. High 90’s to low 100’s for the past few weeks. It’s been brutal working in the garage.

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 05:16 AM

Hi, Buddy,

You’re OK. What Mike67 said is right. When I use Watco, I rag it on, and then use a clean (bunch of rags) to wipe it back off. After 30 minutes of rest, I wipe it again. Mineral spirits should get it pretty clean. THe splotchiness should even out if it is not a bit of glue or something from the build phase. Don’t let it get you down, call me. I would be happy to come over and lend a hand.

Michael
918-906-7439

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 05:55 AM

Thanks for the offer. How long should we let it sit before we try the mineral spirits?

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 05:02 PM

I would do it now. It is not going to hurt anything.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#8 posted 08-18-2010 09:01 PM

Alright, I’ll pick up some mineral spirits on the way home tonight. Might apply it tomorrow night, or ever tonight if I get home early enough. You’re welcome to come over if you want, it will be terribly non-exciting though.

After the mineral spirits, would you recommend another application of Watco?

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#9 posted 08-19-2010 04:13 AM

Update: I would downgrade the severity from ‘sticky’ to just ‘tacky’ in some places. Maybe time heals all wounds. I might not do anything with it until the weekend.

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#10 posted 05-30-2012 09:09 PM

How did that turn out, did the mineral spirits do a good job? I have been using Watco since the early 90’s. This was the 1st I time got more of a sticky texture. I didn’t get the quart can like I normally do, I got the pint cans instead. Does anybody think the formula is slightly different? Just wondering…...

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#11 posted 05-30-2012 10:20 PM

You don’t have anything to worry about. At all. I always let the first few apps skin over and get splotchy. Just apply another coat – pretty copious but not necessarily a ‘flood’ cloat. Let is sit for fifteen minutes and then wipe off all the excess and buff it hard – use the cheapest, coarsest paper towels you can buy. Start early in the morning and buff it, hard, every hour with the paper towels to soak up any bleed-back out of the wood pores.

Make sure to soak the used paper towels with water before you throw them away. They will spontaneously combust otherwise. Don’t accidentally leave a stray wad lying around the shop.

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#12 posted 05-31-2012 01:29 AM

woodturtle, it ended up just fine, but that was so long ago i don’t remember the details…
i know i gave it a couple wipes with the mineral spirits, but if i remember correctly, i’m not sure that really made any difference. i think i just left it sitting there for a week.

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