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  • Watco finish

    I have made a jbox out of Black Walnut. To finish I did 3 coats of Watco (natural), wetsanding in the first 2 coats with a 320 grit and the last coat with a 400 grit. The finish is nice and beautifully rich. My question(s) are -
    1) Will this finish dry out and need recoating down the road ? How long might that be ?

    1a) Does Watco provide a hard finish under the surface of the wood ?

    2) If I give this box away, the new owner might just use Pledge on it. Will that ruin the finish ?

    3) Would several coats of a satin wipe-on poly negate the richness that the piece now has ?

    thanks all

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    (all answers assume Watco Danish Oil product. They make other products...)

    1) Will this finish dry out and need recoating down the road ? How long might that be ?

    "Dry out" is a misnomer, spread by companies selling products marketed as "feeding" the finish. A finish that looks "dried out" is one of two things: (1) worn off, (2) scratched. Wax or furniture polish will temporarily help number 2.

    1a) Does Watco provide a hard finish under the surface of the wood ?

    No.

    2) If I give this box away, the new owner might just use Pledge on it. Will that ruin the finish ?

    No. It will make refinishing darned tough, but it won't harm what is there.

    3) Would several coats of a satin wipe-on poly negate the richness that the piece now has ?

    I have found that different people have different values for the word "rich". It's impossible to say. It will certainly change the appearance somewhat. At the very least, I recommend using gloss for your "build" coats, and only enough satin to get the sheen you wish. Satin is less clear than gloss, is the reason. If you have a scrap piece left over, testing is absolutely the best idea.

    Dave

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      Thanks, Dave. Yes, I did mean Watco Danish Oil. was hoping to be done with this soon, but I think I will try out a test piece first. I hate having a nice piece go from WOOHOO! to BOOHOO! because of impatience. thanks again

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