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Danish oil, how long before you can apply laquer

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I have built a box with some nice figured wood and have applied Danish oil to bring out the curl. I want to give it a coat or two of lacquer for protection. How long do you think between the Danish oil and applying the lacquer.?

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You and I live in similar climates.  I did a danish oil and clear coat finish last year.  I took three pieces of scraps from the project and put danish oil on them, then at three, five and seven days I tested the finish on top of the oil.  Three days was to soon I got orange peel texture on my sample.  If I really had to I could of sprayed after 5 but I was much happier with 7 day.  But this doesn't mean that it will work in exactly the same way for you.  I would suggest you do test samples yourself, but this should give you some idea of what you are up against.

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General rule of thumb on curing finishes; when it stops smelling it is done curing.  I tend to go by feel and smell.  If it feels bone-dry and I have to nearly touch it with my nose to smell it, its ready.  Depending on how the finish was applied this can be a week or a month.  Early on I used to flood oils during the first coat.  This led to month long curing times.  I have since backed off on the quantity initially applied and add Japan drier when the humidity is high.

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Figured wood drinks in the oil due to the grain and will take longer to gas off. Longer the better. Wait as long as possible, 10 days or longer would be my  advice, but not sure how many coats you applied, your climate...etc. 

 

-Ace- 

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