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11-14-2011 07:24 PM

I have a problem with a white oak farmhouse table, which I started to oil with Woca (Trip Trap) oil, frankly, I didn’t like the colour, it was dull and lifeless and three shades too dark when dried. I sanded and cleaned it all down and tried polyurethane varnish on it (which I tested on the underneath), – that didn’t give me what I wanted either (too light).

So I mixed up and applied a batch of 35/35/30 Woca/Poly/MS. It looks absolutely lovely.

Now that the colour is right, can I de-nib it and give it two coats of polyurethane or am I going to run into problems doing that?
I presume this will be ok, as long as the Woca/Poly/MS is dry – after all, oil can be used as a primer for varnishes (it can, can’t it?).

This is a new finish for me as I normally spray lacquer – however this job called for a more rustic look. Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 08:21 PM

Are ya talking about WATCO? I’ve never heard of Woca.
Might want to try a wiping poly if the color is what ya want. Oil based poly will “yellow” over the finish. Water based stuff won’t.


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#2 posted 11-14-2011 08:21 PM

You should not have any compatibility issues at all.

Bill is right about oil-based poly having a yellow tone, but I don’t think adding a couple coats will significantly change the color of what you already have after applying your home brew.

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

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 08:40 PM

Bill, the oil I used is Woca – it’s from Denmark of all places.
Thanks Charlie, I thought as much, just wanted to check I wouldn’t be running into trouble as I have a deadline looming.

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 02:12 AM

Just took a quick look at the polyurethane can, not a yellow tone, but a mellow tone. Marketing speak or typo? hmmm.

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