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Forum topic by pallystu posted 06-21-2014 01:14 PM 873 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2014 01:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wacto danish oil danish oil finish question trick finishing

I have used wacto Danish oil finish for a few projects and I like the results…when I don’t follow the instructions! they say to flood the surface and let it soak for 30 mins then wipe it off…then do one more coat and that’s it…I find that its a lack luster finish when done that way so I apply a coat with 2000 grit sand paper and rub it in for a bit then wipe it off. I do this for about an hour and I get a great looking finish…so I got to ask do any of you follow the instructions on wood finishes like this or do you come up with your own way of doing things?

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 01:36 PM

I’ve used Danish Oil before and I did NOT use the instructions. I too used sand paper, however I wanted a little more shine so I used my husbands car buffer and it’s slick slick slick . I used it on my oversized bakers shelves (my first wood project of any magnitude) and love the end result. I look at the instructions as a guideline only.

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 02:57 PM

I’ve used the slurry sand method to fill grain quite a bit, and get excellent results. But I must admit I’ve never bought the Watco product, so I’ve never had their directions. I mix my own and use methods I’ve picked up in books by those I respect, like Jewitt and Flexner. While i really believe the manufacturer’s instructions are important, on finishes I’ve come to rely more on outside sources, there seems to be little integrity in the finishing industry (IMHO)..

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 07:13 PM

I found on a lot of the products that are carried in big box stores don’t work right as they say they do…like formbys “tung oil finish” they say to wipe on and wipe off but its really a wiping varnish that is best used by using thin coats and letting it set to dry…they also say it takes 12 hours to dry in-between coats like a real oil would but I have done recoats in 30-60 minuets. Seems pretty deceitful and not effective at all. I was just wondering if its normal to apply things differently than what the can says to do.

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