How to Speed up the Finish Time of Watco Danish Oil

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How to Speed up the Finish Time of Watco Danish Oil
Use a rag or a sponge to apply the oil in thin coats. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Watco Danish Oil uses raw linseed oil, which does not dry as quickly as products with boiled linseed oil. If finish time is a priority, you may choose to use an oil stain that contains boiled linseed oil. If you choose to use Watco oil, there are ways to decrease the drying time. Heat is a prime factor in the finish time. It may take five days to cure at 21.1 degrees C. In temperatures of under 15.6 degrees C, the oil may not dry. In addition, mixing the oil with fast-drying mediums designed for oil painting may cut the drying time.

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Things you need

  • Watco Danish Oil
  • Pan or bucket
  • Fast-drying medium for oil paints
  • Rags
  • Space heaters

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  1. 1

    Pour Watco Danish Oil into a bucket or tray. Add the fast-drying medium at a ratio of 1:1. Mix with a stir stick or palette knife. Be aware that this increases the sheen of the finish and the transparency of the colour of the oil.

  2. 2

    Dip a rag into the oil, and wipe it on to the wood so the entire surface appears wet. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, and wipe it dry.

  3. 3

    Apply a second coat and allow to sit for 15 minutes before wiping it dry. Repeat one to two more times. The surface may appear dry, but it is not cured and may feel tacky.

  4. 4

    Increase the heat as much as possible in the area by using space heaters. Allow to dry for up to five days, or until the surface is no longer tacky to the touch. It should be dry in two to three days, but may take longer depending on the thickness of your coats.

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