Finish On Top of Danish Oil?

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Forum topic by BigMig posted 761 days ago 1078 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a small box using common maple and finsihed it with 3 applications of Watco Danish Oil. Is it possible to apply anything on top of the Danish Oil? Is there anyhting I should specifically stay away from because of the Danish oil?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 761 days ago

We always used lacquer over watco. Just make sure it is completely dry. We normally used just one coat of watco, with lacquer sealer and finish on top.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#2 posted 761 days ago

You can put pretty much anything over the Watco once it has cured. I have put wipe-on poly over it many times.

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

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#3 posted 760 days ago

I have successfully used: water based poly, oil based poly, a mixture of DO and Poly (50/50). All worked well. But as stated above, let the DO dry for several days.

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#4 posted 760 days ago

A look that I love is to put a coat of paste wax on top of watco. I did this on a mahogany cabinet and it looks phenomenal.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 760 days ago

As stated above, almost any finish will work on thoroughly dry Watco. Lately, I’ve been mixing it 50/50 with Marine varnish or poly. Makes a nice wipe on finish.

-- 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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#6 posted 760 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. I may try one of the ideas you guys posted.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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