Watco Butcher block oil - clean up question

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08-05-2010 04:04 AM

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Hi All,

Just refinished my butcher block with Watco butcher block oil..unfortunately I dripped some on my stainless steel sink…did not notice it right away…and 72 hrs later it has dried …tried rubbing it out with mineral spirits..but to no avail…tried to scrub it with a soft pad so as not to scratch the sink…but it does not seem to be coming off …any ideas?

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 05:10 AM

Just a guess, but try some ammonia.

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 04:15 PM

I’ll guess with Swirt, not knowing what’s in the Watco oil:

1) Paint thinner

2) M.E.K. (Methyl Ethyl Ketone)

3) Toluene

Those are all good solvents that might break down the coating. Be careful, as they’re all flammable and toxic. You’ll definitely need to clean the sink afterward.

Edit: I looked on’s website and in their listing of Watco’s product, they say it cleans up with mineral spirits / paint thinner, so I think that would definitely be the first thing to try.

-- Robb

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