Wipe on poly over Danish Oil...first time using both products.

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Forum topic by Imakenicefirewood posted 05-06-2015 09:21 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2015 09:21 PM

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I’m refinishing a crib (stripped it down to bare wood) and finishing a bath tub tray for our claw-foot tub, and am wondering if I need to put a sealer, like sealcoat, between the Danish oil and poly. I’m using Watco Danish oil, and am making my own wipe on poly (first time for both of these.)

I’ve always followed the stain…seal…topcoat process, but am curious if the “seal” step is necessary when using Danish oil. Any hints would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 11:33 PM

I just did danish oil (Watco). Under Arm-R-Seal (poly). I just waited the 72hours for the danishoil to dry, like it said on the bottle. No problems.

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 08:42 PM

Thanks. I mixed up my finish last night, 2 parts poly and 1 part mineral spirits, and put one thin coat on the tub tray. This morning it looked great…still a little sticky because of all of the moisture in OK right now, but great.

This was one of those things where I thought it would work, but just wanted to have another opinion.

Thanks again.

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 08:58 PM

Just curious, why use danish oil at all if using wipe on poly? Is it colored? I use danish oil when I do not want a film building finish, and poly when I do want one.


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#4 posted 05-07-2015 09:11 PM

It was as much of an experiment as anything else, but yes it is the medium walnut color. After I put the Danish oil on the tub tray, I read that it wasn’t that great at repelling water, so I thought I would put a poly over it. Also since I will be putting a new finish on the crib, I thought I would want something pretty durable, but would be less likely to have runs due to all of the intricacies on the crib. (Small surface areas in different angles are hard for me to avoid runs…still pretty new at all of this) The wipe on seemed to be a good way to tackle that. I haven’t put any finish on the crib yet, but am experimenting with the Danish oil and wipe on poly on the tub tray.

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 11:44 PM

The advantage of Danish oil under wipe on poly is that DO dries much quicker than BLO. I just finished my latest process this way and was much happier than the projects that I put poly over BLO. I let the BLO dry for 2 weeks and still had trouble with the poly because the oil was not completely dry. This last project I let the DO dry for about 30 hrs and then finished with wipe on poly.

However, I think every finish is subject to personal preference. The best finish is the one that you get the best results from…

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