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Forum topic by woodworm1962 posted 03-01-2018 12:00 AM 777 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2018 12:00 AM

This is interesting. I had two quart cans of Brushing Lacquer. One was WATCO the other MINWAX. I just happened to grab the WATCO first and used it for two weeks. Thinned it out 50/50 No problem.

Today ran out of WATCO so used the MINWAX! ALL l I can say is YUCK!

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#1 posted 04-01-2018 08:30 AM

How old is the Watco? I used Watco for years and noticed a change after RPM acquired them 7/26/2006

Today I use General Finishes, more or less feeling about Watco as you are about Minwax. Enduro Pre Cat

I am not a scientist, but am led to believe it’s all about the size of the polymer particles, smaller = better. Minwax is huge particles, Watco less so, GF = very tiny. Along the differences is also a higher price point for the smaller particles. Old Watco used to be much smaller than new.

Now you can pad, or brush on the pre-cat, but it truly shines when sprayed, especially on larger areas. You will find the more fuss in application, the finer the application as well. Finishing is just a bunch of baby steps, then all of a sudden you are running. Enjoy the journey, and ALWAYS do tests with scrap first, they are illuminating.

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#2 posted 04-01-2018 02:02 PM

Apples and oranges – mw and watco are solvent based, gf is water based. Very different animals. Any lacquer solvent or wb is best sprayed due to the short open time tho smaller surfaces can be brushed.

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