Finishing with Watco Oil

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Forum topic by jackthelab posted 04-09-2017 11:16 AM 536 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2017 11:16 AM

I have a completed kitchen island top made out of walnut. I finished it the Natural Watco oil finish. I was wondering after this has set for a while, can I put a coat of poly over this to help finalize the sealing of the wood? Thanks in advance for any input.

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 11:45 AM

Yes, once the Watco is fully cured, you can use a poly top coat. The Watco Danish Oil is a slow curing finish, so be sure to give it enough time. If you only used one coat, then a few days is probably enough. If you want to be even more sure of good adhesion, you could put a coat of shellac over the Watco before moving to poly.

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 12:50 PM

You should have no problems at all. Just use oil based poly.
Watco mixed with poly makes a good wipe on finish. So, the two are compatible at any stage.

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 09:52 PM

Yes no problem. Here is some info you may find useful next time.

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