|Forum topic by bbasiaga||posted 04-19-2015 11:38 PM||1485 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
04-19-2015 11:38 PM
I’m thinking ahead to water based finishes. I like the idea that they dry faster and smell better. I have messed around on some scraps with a water based top coat from GF that seems to perform well. But I have come up with a situation I would like to put in front of you more experienced finishers and see what you say. I am currently working on a set of tables in cherry. My finish plan (which several of you helped me come up with) was to use danish oil and then topcoat with Arm-R-Seal.
In the picture below, you can see one table with the Watco Danish oil (natural color) applied, and the other as-milled/sanded.
I love the color the danish oil applied to the wood. As the cherry darkens naturally I’m sure it will be even better. I don’t have any pictures, but the GF topcoat, even though it says it gives some of the ‘amber’ feeling of a traditional topcoat, has no where near the same effect as this penetrating oil. It says on the can that it can only be applied over oil based stains that are completely dry. I am not sure Danish oil is a finish that ever completely dries, so i am thinking it can’t be used under the GF water based topcoat.
So aside from water based stains or dyes, are there any other water based products that I can get the same effect from as the Danish Oil gave me here?
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