I recently posted asking if Watco Danish Oil is meant to be applied as a
final finish. The reason I asked is that I am not entirely pleased with the
darkness of this finish. I applied 3 coats to 3/4" Birch ply. I'd like to
get it a little darker. Will a coat of poly achieve this?
Thanks for reading.
In my experience, no.
That's why they make the tinted version of the danish oil - so you have
options in terms of what hue you wish to achieve. I just finished a cherry
high chair to which I applied 5 coats of natural Watco danish oil. To the
high chair tray I applied 3 coats of satin wipe on poly and the color
changed imperceptably (at least IMO). This was a good thing, for me, as I
loved the color I achieved with the natural oil.
I have used dark walnut and cherry watco before, and I know they have a lot
of other shades. You might want to get a few of those and try them out to
see if you can get what you're looking for.
I tried the cherry Watco on a piece of scrap, and I didn't like the way it
looked. It turned out to be closer to a deep burgundy color than cherry. I
might just try applying a few more coats of the Watco natural.
Thanks for the help.
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