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Forum topic by RoxyG posted 10-01-2017 01:28 PM 742 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2017 01:28 PM


I’m a complete amateur when it comes to woodworking so sorry if my question seems silly!

I have myself 2 small bedroom chairs and I am reupholstering them both. The wood frame needed some love so I have got it to a stage where (i believe) it is ready for a stain/oil/polish/wax.

Im not really looking to stain, I bought french polish but after looking more into it I don’t want the high gloss finish. I’d quite like an earthy soft glow, similar to olive wood (does that make sense?). The material, I think, is Beech wood.

I am looking at the oil finish but with it having fabric in contact with the wood oil I am afraid it will stain and discolour the fabric which is quite light in colour.

My question is will this happen and if so what should I seal it with to stop this happening?

Many thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 10-01-2017 02:12 PM

I finish my Prie Dieux with boiled linseed oil and (once dry) a top coat of shellac. If you want to add color then use a dye before the boiled linseed oil. All of my Prie Dieux have pillows and to date none have become discolored.

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#2 posted 10-01-2017 10:11 PM

Steel wool can take the gloss down.

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 08:45 PM

I have decided on Teak oil.

Will the oil be okay with fabric without a seal coat?

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#4 posted 10-02-2017 09:23 PM

My finish of choice for that type of situation would be tung oil…I just like the lustrous, but not overpowering, patina and depth it gives. That being said, I love the teak and boiled linseed oil mentioned above as well. I think you would be fine with any of them if you allow adequate time to dry before introducing the light colored fabric. Good luck

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#5 posted 10-02-2017 09:39 PM

I have decided on Teak oil.

Will the oil be okay with fabric without a seal coat?

- RoxyG

Teak oil is one of those odd ones. It has nothing to do with teak wood, other than it’s formulated to penetrate better in dense woods and stands up better to weather than other finishing oils. Perhaps it’s named to reflect teak wood’s resistance to rot. Since your chairs will be indoors, there’s no point in using it over any other drying oil such as boiled linseed oil or Danish oil.

If you want the depth of oil with a durable finish that will dry completely and not affect your fabric I’d recommend either General Finishes Arm-R-Seal or Waterlox.

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#6 posted 10-04-2017 12:25 PM

Remove the uphostery then finish. I would use regular poly thinned 1:1 with mineral spirits applied like “danish oil”. Wipe or brush on keep wet for 5-10 min wipe most of it off 1st coat, then add wipe on coats till satisfied.

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