Watco Danish Oil - Golden Oak

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Forum topic by rickincg posted 02-12-2009 08:08 AM 2601 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2009 08:08 AM

I made a simple shelf/coat rack that was about 6 feet long out of red oak. I carved some horse figures into the vertical board. I wanted a finish that would soak into to the wood, especially the fine details of the carving.
The finsih I used was Watco Danish Oil – Golden Oak. It was easy enough to apply and the can stated after 8-10 hours it would be ready for use. But, for 3 days I had to wipe the surface because the wood kept bleeding the oil to the wood surface. I am having the same issue with a small box I made out of red oak.

Is the bleeding unique to red oak? Are there tricks to using Danish Oil?? Any advice will be appreciated!!!


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#1 posted 02-12-2009 04:11 PM

This is a pretty common challenge with applying an oil stain to oak. Oak has large open pores so the varnish/stain mixture will tend to accumulate in the pores and may bleed back out. It will stop eventually once the Danish oil cures out. I am not sure about the temperature of your shop. But, if it is fairly cool, then the cure time for the stain/finish will be extended. You can expedite this by applying heat, if you are able. Another thing you could do is wipe off the oil droplets and then seal the wood with a coat of shellac (Zinsser 2# cut wax free shellac is available at Lowe’s, HD, Wal Mart and runs about $10 for a quart). It should seal the uncured oil in the wood and be ready to topcoat, with a light scuff sanding, within about an hour.

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