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02-25-2014 05:41 AM

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I would like to know if the Deftoil Danish oil leaves a glossy finish.

I only used once Minwax antique oil and did not like the result. Very glossy.
Since that experience I have only been using tung oil so far and would like to try Danish oil. My tung oil bottle is almost empty and found it’s a good time to try something new.
Just before I spend some money on oil I want to make sure it is not glossy.

For people that have experience with it could you confirm.
And giving me comparison to watco danish oil or other kind of oil would not help me as I have never used them (except the minwax antique, and only once).

Thank you for your feedback

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 12:24 PM

Those finishes (the Deft, Min wax, and Watco) are all basically the same thing: very thin varnish, commonly called wiping varnish.Most of them are not labeled for gloss….and most have no flatteners, meaning they are glossy. You could try to degloss with some auto rubbing compound, pumice, fibral wool or something that will knock the sheen off, but you might want to just buy some semi gloss varnish and thin 50% or so and use it. Check this Flexner article, not sure if there’s any tips that will help, but it is interesting reading.

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 04:04 PM

Fred is right on the comparison. Deftoil and Watco are both oil finishes with a dryer added to make them harden up over time, usually a couple of days or so. To obtain a non-glossy finish, simply wipe on the finish, let it set until it appears to have stopped soaking in, then wipe as much as possible off of the surface. With a single coat you will be left with a finish that has no gloss and mimics the sanded surface of the wood. Remember that this finish has almost no resistance to water, alcohol, or other common wear.

If you apply subsequent coats, the finish will slowly become more shiny.

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 04:32 PM

I’ve used Deftoil, yes it is somewhat glossy, but as Fred mentioned, most “danish oil” will be more or less glossy. Test on scrap first and see what you think of the result! If you want to make your own finish that applies the same as danish oil but is less glossy make Maloof finish: mix 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 turpentine and 1/3 satin “wipe on” polyurethane. Apply as you would danish oil.

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 05:26 PM

Thank you all for the info,
@Fred tx for the link (you should remove the out at the end of the url for it to work).

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 06:12 PM

Sorry. I was going to fix the link, but I’m past the aggravatingly short editing window we have here.

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