|Forum topic by Tapefreak||posted 07-07-2014 03:06 PM||1349 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-07-2014 03:06 PM
Hi all, this is my first post to the forum and I’m excited to be part of the community.
I recently started building an outdoor dining table for use on my deck. The table is a trestle style and the base is of new doug fir 4×4s. I cut the 4×4s, sanded them down, and then (mistakenly) applied a coat of Minwax WATER based wood conditioner.
Too late, I realized I should have started with the oil-based wood conditioner!
My original plan was to finish the table with the same Penofin marine oil I have used on the rest of the deck – the oil finish ages well, and I can just keep adding a fresh coat of oil every year as I do to maintain the deck. I am comfortable with water-based approaches, but I find the poly finishes to be a bit plasticy and they don’t hold up very well over time outdoors in my experience.
But is it too late? The can and the Minwax web site both say that the water base cannot be followed with oil.
My question is, what specifically will happen if I put a few coats of oil on top of this initial wood conditioner?
What do you think? Am I locked in to water-based stain on the table from now on? Is it exceptionally difficult to remove a layer of water based conditioner? Or is it possible to get good results by sealing water-based conditioner with oil?