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#1 posted 01-23-2018 09:45 PM

Appears you choice of finish is ok, the application of it is creating your “issues”, but you arent too far gone. Thinning the 1st coat 1:1 is fine, you just didnt apply it long enough. Apply it like danish oil with porous wood, the 1 st coat may need to soak for 20-30 mintues, or more. Keep adding finish until the wood wont soak up anymore. Keep it “wet”. When you think the wood is saturated, wipe most of it off. Go back and check after 10 min or so, alot of times it starts seeping back out – just wipe it down. May have to wipe it down several times. An option is too let the seepage dry and sand it flat, but the surface will take longer to dry. Let it dry (not cure), may take a couple of days. Test by sanding with 400-600, it it dusts proceed, if it corns, wait.

Apply the 2nd coat the same way, you can reduce the thinner a bit. Two coats like this should seal it fairly well without building a thick film in some areas and none in others. You can wet sand during the 2nd coat to help fill pores. Additional coats with wet sanding will help fill pores. You can also dry sand, leave the dust, and apply another coat, wiping it off. Since it will be outside my preference would be to seal with the chosen finish, not another product. At this point you can start wiping or brushing heavier coats. Most oil based varnishes have enough open time for this method, wb doesnt

With it living outside all surfaces will need to be sealed well for it to survive any length of time. UV exposure during sunrise or set will be a problem so position it carefully on the patio to avoid any repeated sun exposure. Thats an awfully nice table for outside.

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