How to use watco danish oil

Updated July 20, 2017

Watco Danish Oil manufacturers claim this product penetrates oil finish to enhance the grain of your wood, while leaving a protective finish of hard resins. Originally formulated for floors, the oil also works on tables, furniture, panelling. It is made to produce a satin sheen that penetrates deep into the wood. It is suitable for high-traffic areas and it does not leave a noxious smell after application. Watco Danish Oil dries quickly, application is user-friendly and it stays compatible with both hardwoods and softwoods.

Sand the wood to remove any contamination. Make it as smooth as possible to absorb the oil. Depending on the type of wood, use 150- to- 220-grit sandpaper for the job. If you are reapplying Watco Danish Oil for refurbishing, you don't need to sand the wood.

Clean all the debris off the wood using a cloth and white spirit. Let the area dry.

Apply the oil finish liberally with a paint brush, paint pad or cloth. Allow the oil to absorb for about 30 minutes.

Wipe the excess oil from the wood after 30 minutes and repeat the application two or three more times, until the oil has absorbed into the wood and leaves a deep satin finish.

Allow the finish to dry for 12 to 18 hours, until it has cured completely. Buff the finish with a red nylon pad. If areas of the wood don't show a satin finish, reapply a small amount to those parts. Let them dry and similarly buff them.

Clean all oil applicators in white spirit before the oil dries.


Be especially careful of water spills for the first 14 days after you apply the finish -- the oil finish continues to harden and it becomes more durable with time.

Things You'll Need

  • Watco Danish Oil
  • Paint pad, brush or cloth
  • White spirit
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