Oil then water based clear acrylic coat ?

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Forum topic by gavinzagreb posted 02-28-2012 12:57 PM 1765 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2012 12:57 PM

Need to finish a project that is made from oak.
I really want to show up the grain by using some kind of oil, but i don’t want to use a solvent based clear coat.
I tend to use a water based mat clear acrylic coat on a lot of things, but logic tells me that water and oil don’t mix.
So, anyone have experience oiling wood,waiting for it to dry and then using a water based clear top coat ?

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 01:23 PM

I used to use oil base first coat on wood flooring in order to show the grain. Then I used a water base product for the next two coats. I never had an issue if you do it in that order. I do think you might have an issue if you use water first and then oil topcoat, but I will leave it to others with some insight into that since I used it the other way around.

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 01:40 PM

I have done it both ways. You really need to let the color coat dry for 24 or better 48 hours. Once the color coat is sealed, follow the clear coat instructions.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 02:48 PM

Never tried to use oil on water or water on oil based finishes without putting a coat of sealcoat on to make
sure I would not have a problem. I have had paint lift when mixing finishes back when and decided I did not
want to experiment any more. Guess I will have to check with the people at the local paint store and see
what they say is acceptable now. Thanks for bringing this up.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Bill White

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 03:25 PM

Oil, SealCoat, finish.

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 04:17 PM

This looks promising. For a seal coat, what do you use ? Shellac ? I do actually have some, after finding the only supplier in Zagreb. Bought it, only tried out some French polishing on a test board and never used it again (haven’t had the need) Other than that, there’s nothing in the paint shops here that’s a seal coat.

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 04:20 PM

If the oil is cured, go straight to the waterborne. No intermediate coat of anything is necessary. That’s how I finished a computer desk and it worked out just fine. No problema.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 06:34 PM

I use zinsser sealcoat followed by crystalac 2001. No complaints as the sealcoat does what the oil would and seals the surface for the water borne crystalac. My favorite combo.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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