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Forum topic by Chico1 posted 07-02-2018 11:10 PM 338 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2018 11:10 PM

I have a piece of Walnut that I plan to use for a fireplace mantel. I have the top & bottom sanded & the front still has the bark on, which I want it to remain. I was thinking of using Danish Oil on the top & bottom. Wondering if I need to finish that off with a clear coat? Also wondering what will maintain the bark on the front & if there’s any concern with the finishes being flammable?

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 11:21 PM

Most Danish oil has a varnish already mixed in so a clear coat isn’t necessary. Just add additional coats until you get the look you want but if you want a more waterproof finish, you might want to consider a wipe-on poly instead of Danish oil. You can simply apply the DO or WOP to the bark as well but it may still fall off sometime down the road.

I think that most finishes are about as flame resistant as the wood once fully cured.

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