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

by shwoodnt
posted 08-08-2016 07:26 PM

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 10:40 PM

As a long time users, I wouldn’t use only Watco on kitchen case work.
My process is somewhat strange but, the first coat is Watco then subsequent applications are a mixture of Watco and satin poly. I start at 50/50 and reduce the Watco for each of the next coats.
BTW, this is home made wiping finish.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Paul Mayer

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#2 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.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 03:10 AM

Gene Howe has it right. All that crap they sell nowadays are just new twist on stuff that’s been around forever. When I finish maple I use a mixture of stain and Polly till the color is right then straight clear coat. Make your own. As pmayer said you really want a durable top coat in the kitchen.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 04:09 AM

OK. The answer looks clear. Thanks.

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