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Forum topic by kimosawboy posted 06-30-2014 08:22 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2014 08:22 PM

Hello all.
I have two burl slabs that I’m working on. Cherry, and Cedar. Both have been hogged out in the center areas and sanded out to 220sih.
I would like to have a slight contrast from inside to the lip. I would like to know if I apply a few coats of watco oil on the inside and then apply a coat or two of poly to the whole piece , will I get the slight color difference I’m looking for?? The poly would be a clear satin and the oil would be the ’’natural”” .
I somehow thing that I will have to go to a slight stain of sorts to get what I’m looking for but I thought I would ask anyways.
Thanks in advance
G Vavra

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 06:05 PM

You should get a little contrast, but the nature of finishes like Watco is they tend to flow where the grain will let them, so you may end up with some creeping out of the inside to the outside. I’d try a test in an inconspicuous area to see how far the Watco migrates from where it’s applied.

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 11:55 AM

If you went with a wax-based finish, you could use one of the tinted waxes. But that’s probably not the direction you want to go if you’ve already decided on poly. How about oil-based poly inside and water based outside? Thicker brushed on poly (no added thinner) won’t migrate much.

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