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Posted on Watco Danish Oil Finish in kitchen without adding a clear coat?

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Paul Mayer

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 03:04 AM

Common practice is to use a durable top coat any time you have project that will be exposed to wear and water. Kitchen cabinets definitely see both of those things. I think the best approach depends on what you want the cabinets to look like in 10 years. I think that the roughest thing on cabinets that are finished with watco only will be oils and fats from cooking that splatter directly onto cabinets and get migrated to peoples hands where they get migrated indirectly to cabinets. I think 10 years of that exposure will show quite a bit on Watco which has almost no ability to repel anything, whereas the poly will hold up much better to that and will be easy to scrub clean. So, if you want a more patina look, Watco might be a good choice. If you want the cabinets to more or less the same 10 years after installation, I’d go with the poly.

Personally I like the look of Watco better than poly, but I don’t know if I’d have the courage to go with just Watco on kitchen cabinets.

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