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Forum topic by pontic posted 01-09-2020 03:35 AM 1251 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2020 03:35 AM

I still use this on most of my projects. I have good and predictable results with it.
Anyone else still use it? I don’t hear much mention of it here lately. Does this mean my finishing is behind the times or lesser for it?

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#1 posted 01-09-2020 03:50 AM

Does this mean my finishing is behind the times or lesser for it?

- pontic

If so, mine is too. I use natural Watco more than any other finish. A couple coats for a satiny feel and a few more for a bit more gloss. I also like it as pore filler by flooding and wet sanding.

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#2 posted 01-09-2020 05:10 AM

It’s my preferred stain for most of my projects.

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#3 posted 01-09-2020 06:45 AM

Did a search on Danish oil. Found some interesting information. Primarily Tung oil but watco has more thinner in it,

I just received my order of pure tung oil.

Will be mixing it in the Maloof tradition!

Ajso a bit of experimentation with what is called boiled linseed oil, although it really isn’t lol.

I have used it to condition old wood for many years.

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#4 posted 01-09-2020 09:56 AM

I use it all the time. I think it really brings out the beauty of the wood.

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#5 posted 01-09-2020 11:54 AM

I use it all the time.

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#6 posted 01-09-2020 12:45 PM

I frequently use it as a conditioner under polyurethane. I like it because it is so easy to apply and you don’t have to worry about runs, drips, sags if you follow the instructions and wipe it down with a dry rag after 15-20 minutes to get off any excess. I did learn early on that the 72 hour curing period is essential before putting poly on top of it.

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#7 posted 01-09-2020 02:18 PM

I use dark or medium walnut mixed with oil based varnish for a wipe on finish.

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#8 posted 01-09-2020 02:58 PM

I also like danish oil and, like EarlS, I use it under poly (oil based, of course) to minimize blotching. You might also like the old time finish which is a mix of varnish (or oil based poly), mineral spirits (or turpentine), and linseed oil (or tung oil). You can also add a bit of japan drier to speed up the drying. This is usually mixed in a 1:1:1 ratio. But, the beauty of it is that by mixing it yourself, you can change the ratio as you wish. Otherwise, it is very similar to danish oil except, I think, it is somewhat more durable. At a 1:1:1 ratio, it is best applied as a wipe on finish using a folded paper towel. Apply very thinly with as many coats as you like.

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#9 posted 01-09-2020 03:06 PM

i used to use it a lot but my go to oil finish now is the maloof oil blend of tung,blo and poly that i mix myself.

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#10 posted 01-09-2020 04:19 PM

I use it a lot! Sometimes just by itself, and other times topped with poly. Watco is a decent brand

-- Pete

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#11 posted 01-09-2020 05:04 PM

I miss the old original Watco, before they re-formulated it. I still use it, but not nearly as much as I used to.
With a Parrot in the house, I have to be careful about fumes, which Parrots are notoriously susceptible to. If I do use Watco, I usually wait a few weeks at least before I bring it into he house…. If I don’t want to wait, I usually use a water based poly.

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#12 posted 01-09-2020 07:01 PM

Not in several years. I get better results with thinning poly 1:1 with ms, adding whatever dye color I want, and applying it with the DO method – flood on, keep wet to saturate the wood, wipe off. Hardens the wood fibers more and since poly is harder it buffs up better and wears better.

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#13 posted 01-09-2020 10:17 PM

I use their walnut DO from time to time, mostly to reinvigorate an old walnut piece after stripping it. The Watco Cherry “flavor” is awful. On light colored woods it just turns it a light pink. Perhaps it is only for use on cherry? I do not really like their natural Danish Oil either. Last time I tried it I was pretty disappointed in the results and ended up applying a wipe-on poly to fix it.

I would much rather use Tried and True Varnish Oil when I want a natural finish and do not intent to top it with a poly finish. T&T finishes are probably the closest you will find to a true BLO. They use a heat process to polymerize rather than the additives that most of the others use. I actually like the smell of their finishes. T&T released a line of stains recently but I have not found anyone locally that carries them yet to try them.

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#14 posted 01-10-2020 04:21 AM

I have also used Watco Danish Oil in the past and plan on using it the future. I also use other finishes but still like the WDO on a lot of things. Haven’t had any problems with it yet, but, I am selective on what I use it on. Mel

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#15 posted 01-10-2020 06:19 AM

I use the Watco natural a lot. Most of the time I prefer not to add any coloring at all to the wood. The watco is about as neutral as you can get. +1 on the simplicity and forgiving nature of applying. I also like the Tried and True Danish Oil, but that’s a whole different beast.

-- ~Walker

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