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Forum topic by DonJ posted 11-09-2011 05:46 PM 981 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2011 05:46 PM

Without thinking, I gave some Watco Danish Oil Finish to my father-in-law to finish some cabinet fronts that had been marred and scratched. After putting this on all of the kitchen cabinets, it became apparent that it was a mistake, as the finish is not drying. Since the old finish was not removed, I guess there is no place for the oil to go, so it stays sticky to the touch.

Are there any alternatives besides removing the Danish Oil? If not, what might be the best proceedure to doing that? Thanks for any advice.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 06:05 PM

How long has it been? I’d give it at least a week if its not curing right away

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 06:07 PM


Danish Oil works great when applied to dry, natural wood that you have just sanded to bare wood to prepare it for a finish. Putting it over wood that already has a finish like you described won’t work….Take some mineral spirits and wipe all the cabinets down really good to remove the D.O. It’ll never soak in over the original finish…So you’ll need to sand all the cabinets back to bare wood, apply the D.O., let it dry really good, and apply a top coat, like poly…..Or just leave the old finish on. You didn’t say what wood the cabinets are.

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