Personal opinion, Watco is a good finish and there is no such thing as a
good all a round finish. That is, a finish that meets the two major
requirements of a finish.
However, if you just want a finish you can put on everything with no
thought in the matter use a polyurethane varnish. It will cover the
major bases quite nicely.
I have used Watco Danish Oil for years and it provides a nice finish. The
main thing you have to remember with Danish or any oil is to wipe on initial
coats heavy (saturate), Allow 15-30 minutes soak/dry time, then WIPE UNDRIED
PRODUCT FROM THE SURFACE (this is most important as you build past coat 2 or
farther). Allow the product to dry to the manufacturer's recommendation
(longer with humidity) and repeat. Subsequent coats require less saturation
but you still have to wipe undried product from the surface. Otherwise you
will be among those posting "My oiled project won't dry!". One of my early
oiled projects sat in our sunroom for 2 days drying. By then, I had a lot
of dust to sand out.
Don't take this wrong - It provides a nice, natural finish with slight
ambering. If you remember to wipe undried oil, the rest is nearly mindless.
Once you get experience with oil, try one of the wipe on polys. They
provide the same simplicity, very nice natural finish and more durability.
BTW - the amber hue is with the Natural version. Watco is available in
various "tints" ie light walnut, dark walnut etc. A neat trick when
applying Watco is to use a wooden sanding block and 600 wet-or-dry paper
to "sand" it in. Supposedly builds up a slurry of Watco and wood
particles that help fill the pores. I let others pass judgement on this
effectiveness. You could always try it on a small scrap before tackling
a big project. I have used Watco for 25 years or so and it is pretty
much hassle free. DO OBSERVE the proper disposal of your rags and/or
papers. They will start a fire.
i have to agree to some extent. but good looking hand-rubbed finishes
usually have the pores sealed. i am not sure you can achieve an
absolutely smooth (poreless) finish with a Danish Oil but French
Polished shellacs and even good sprayed lacquers don't exhibit the
dimples that are there because of porous woods. the pores are usually
filled. following a Watco finish with a varnish is a common finish as
well. i guess it is a matter of preference huh?
On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:02:56 -0400, "Frosty Thunder"
I used to use Watco exclusively until I met Waterlox. It
combined the nice aspects of Watco with a tung oil and
more varnish, so it builds more quickly. It's less work
and stinks less than Watco.
Try them both.
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