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#1 posted 09-16-2017 03:58 PM

I use Waterlox quite often. The sleigh bed in my projects area was finished with Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish as was the pair of G&G tables.

While it can be applied with a clean rag, I find that rags deposit a lot of lint in the film so I have switched to using cheesecloth instead. I fold up a pad out of the cheesecloth so all the cut ends are deep inside the pad, transfer a small amount of the Waterlox to a secondary container (I use the plastic containers potato salad comes in from the deli) and apply it in thin coats.

The number of coats required varies depending on how much finish build you are after. The bed referenced above has 6 coats. The tables have 4. The cabinets in my shop have 3 coats. I would say 3 coats is the bare minimum you will get away with.

It is self sealing, the first coat is your sealer. Scuff sand lightly between coats to denib. I usually use some worn out 220 garnet paper for the scuff sanding.

Allow 24 hrs between coats and be sure you have a dust free environment to work in, it stays wet for quite a while and will pick up all sorts of airborne stuff. If you want to rub it out after the final coat you will need to wait quite a while for full cure.

I’ve never tried to put it over BLO, but as Rich mentioned really no need as it is Tung Oil based. It has a fairly dark amber tone and creates a real nice color on cherry, in my opinion. Be sure to test it on what ever wood you are using to be sure you like the color, with as many coats as you will be applying.

Also, it will change sheen over time. It will appear like a semi-gloss or gloss finish when first applied, but this fades to something closer to a dull semi-gloss or satin after about a month to two.

In addition to the projects mentioned above in my projects area, here is a raised panel door from one of my shop cabinets. This is 3 coats of Waterlox over red oak.

One other thing- be sure you are working someplace well ventilated. It stinks something awful while drying.

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