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Talk to me about Watco Danish Oil. How to apply?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by reverendrally, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. reverendrally

    reverendrally

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    Jun 7, 2008
    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    Right, so with the arrival of Masters Hardware 5 min from my house, I now have easy, cheap access to all sorts of paints and glues from the good ol' US of A. STOKED! :hyper:

    Picked up some Watco Danish Oil today.

    How do I apply it for the best finish? Is it a rub in with progressive grades of paper like truoil? Or is there some other trick to it?
     
  2. Konquest

    Konquest

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    Aug 26, 2003
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I've had success in woodworking projects sanding it into the grain/pores with very fine (600) wet-dry paper. It does very little to protect the wood, though. On an instrument I could see using a few coats to pop the grain/add chatoyance. It is an "in the wood" type finish more than a "film" if that makes sense...
     
  3. Beej

    Beej

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    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    I like Jazzdogg's tutorial here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f57/sanded-oil-finish-384222/ Even though he kinda spells out his move away from Watco, it also works nicely with Watco. I've used it on furniture refins and although you can get a really nice finish, it's not hardy against strikes, but it will take a long time to wear down IME... :)
     

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