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Posted on Need some advice on Waterlox

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Kirk650

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#1 posted 09-16-2017 01:37 PM

I use Minwax Antique Oil as a primer coat, then 3 or 4 coats of Waterlox, though 3 coats is sometimes enough. I use foam brushes to apply, and allow 24 hours between each coat. If the wood is horizontal, I apply heavier coats. If vertical, apply thin coats to avoid runs or sagging.

After the first coat of Waterlox, you may think that it looks terrible. Worry not. More coats bring a lovely finish.

I sand very lightly between coats, using 400 or 600 grit.

I’ve used other ‘primers’ than the Minwax. They worked fine, but Watco Danish Oil takes 3 days to dry completely, whereas the Minwax only takes 24 hours.


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