This is Finishing With Danish Oil Part Two. The video covers using Arm-R-Seal to top coat a Danish Oil Finish. Danish Oil itself is not an extremely protective finish. It’s beautiful, but does not have the protection that a film does. Adding a top coat of varnish creates a protective layer, and adds a glossier shine to the Danish Oil.
Arm-R-Seal is a wiping varnish, which is essentially a varnish with a lot of thinner in the mixture. The extra thinner allows the varnish to be wiped on with a rag. There are a number of wiping varnishes on the market, and most of them work about the same. I am familiar with arm-r-seal, so that is what I recommend.
Finishing with Danish Oil Part Two is an optional step. Danish Oil by itself is a good finish, and many woodworkers use it. If you like the look of Danish Oil only, you do not need to add a the varnish.
Danish Oil has a very subtle, warm sheen. If you top coat with varnish, watch the sheen level. The glossier the sheen, the more you will lose that warm glow of the Danish Oil. I always recommend doing a test board and seeing that things look like. This lets you take a look before committing a project to a certain finish.
If you missed Part One, it can be found here: Finishing with Danish Oil Part One
My Free PDF, the 10 Step Guide to Wood Finishing will show you more about wood finishing for beginners. The process is not as difficult as it sounds, and anyone with a little knowledge can learn how to apply a great finish.
For more videos on finishing, my Finishing with Tru Oil Video covers using tru-oil to create an excellent and long lasting finish. If you would rather read about it than watch a video, my article on How to Use Tru Oil can make anyone an expert finisher in a very short time.
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