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Forum topic by Don Johnson posted 12-04-2010 01:21 PM 1272 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Johnson

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12-04-2010 01:21 PM

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I see many references to ‘poly’ as a finish for projects. Does this mean polyurethane varnish ?

If so, I am surprised that it is mentioned as being used AFTER Danish Oil – I would not have expected it to ‘take’ on an ‘oily’ surface.

Or have I got it completely wrong?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 03:47 PM

Hey Don, I found this other forum for you which give an answer to your question
(good question by the way):

I hope this help

-- Bert

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 03:54 PM

Sure, you can apply most any finish over fully cured Watco or “Danish Oil”. You can even mix oil based finishes with Watco to make a wiping varnish.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-04-2010 04:27 PM

The key (from my little experience) is to make sure the danish oil is “Cured” before applying the poly. Ihave done it and yes it does work. I too was sceptical until I read it on the back of the label….lol. I think I waited something like 2 weeks before attempting the poly. May be over kill, but I didn’t want to risk it.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 04:39 PM

If you do put the poly on before the Danish oil is cured, don’t panic. The project will feel sticky, but will eventually dry in a month or so.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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