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Posted on HELP I have a finish issue and need some advice please

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#1 posted 02-01-2017 09:08 PM

I love Watco Danish oil and use it on most things I make, but I cover tops with Arm-R-Seal. I leave it bare on trim only. I think you are asking too much from it as a dinner table finish.

If you put a drop of water on it does it bead up and sit there or sort of soak in?

- RobS888

RobS888, I don t know. I will check and see. Either way, what should I do if water does/does not bead?

- gdshaw

If it doesn t sit on it then it isn t sealed. I imagine other things could soak in and spoil. I don t think Danish oil builds a film finish or at least not much of one and you really want a sealed surface for your table. Either way I would use arm-r-

This is white oak with medium walnut Danish oil and several coats of satin arm-r-seal. I use a foam brush and it seems to level itself nicely.

Thanks for the help. I was hoping I wouldn t have to use anything else on the table, but I will let the table cure for several more days in my warm house and then I will consider Arm-r-seal if I am not satisfied with the oil finish.
From what I read with Arm-r-seal, it looks like it requires more careful application than merely wiping on like the oil. I would be most grateful if you would care to elaborate on how you prep/apply etc

- gdshaw

I just use a foam brush and lay it on pretty thick. When the top is covered I run the brush very lightly and slowly at an angle (maybe 45 degrees, the brush is behind my hand ) on the surface. When you are applying, brush off the ends from a few inches in. This way you won’t get drips and build up on the edge. Keep running around the full edge to make sure none drops off. When I think it is fully applied I look at it from a couple angles to make sure I haven’t missed any spots or have streaks, then leave it alone for 12 hours or until the next day. Don’t laught, but I get close and sniff it to make sure it is ready for the next coat. Then I lightly sand with 600 grit. I blow off all the dust, then rub my hand on the piece to see if there is any dust left, then do it all again. The piece I showed had at least 6 coats on it. The last very light sanding is at 1,000 grit.

It really is easy to work with. I started with a pint or quart, but I’m on my second gallon jug now.

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