Danish Oil is formulated as an alternative to 2-pack polyurethane. Although not quite as tough, it is far easier to maintain. It gives a low sheen finish using the recommended application. Different gloss levels can be achieved simply by varying the degree of cut, or by buffing. It is ideal for coating untreated timber surfaces as well as maintaining previously Danish Oil treated wood. Being an oil base, Country Oil is easy to apply and will give an excellent finish without the difficulties or expense associated with the usual ‘sprayed’ finishes. The end result is an ‘easy to clean and maintain’ surface that will resist most household agents, yet is simple to renew should any surface damage occur.
Prepare the Benchtop by sanding all seen faces and edges through grits from 80, 120, 180 and 320. Lay the bench upside down on a workbench and clean free of dust.
2. Shake can well, With a clean brush apply two coats of DANISH OIL to bench underside, all edges and inside of cutouts allowing 3-4 hours between coats, Always brush with the grain.
3. Turn the bench over to expose the face immediately after the second coat whilst still wet. Light sand with 180 grits and 320 grits paper to remove any oil runs or scratches caused when coating the bottom.
4. Clean free of dust and immediately apply the first coat as in step 2 above. Do not leave overnight in an unbalance state. Allow at least 8 hours to dry, then light scuff with fine 00 grade steel wool or 400 grit wet-dry paper working with the grain. Clean free of dust and repeat for two more coats.
5. Using steel wool as the applicator, apply the final coat rubbing with the grain in order to obtain a smooth finish. Then immediately wipe off any excess with a clean rag to give a nice even appearance.
6. If a higher gloss level is desired, either apply final coat by brush, or buff with lamb’s wool/polish to higher gloss.
7. Stand back and admire your handy work. If any unevenness or blotchy patches are evident, these are caused by not wiping off uniformly. To remedy, repeat steps 5 and 6. Wait at least 24 hours before using your bench and treat with care for another few days to allow full curing.
Your danish oilfinished Benchtop is easily maintained by wiping clean with water and/or diluted liquid detergents as required. Avoid products that contain silicon compounds such as ‘Mr. Sheen’.
Remember, as with any Benchtop always use a cutting board when preparing food. We also recommend using a stand under electrical appliances such as kettles. Surfaces should be re-oiled whenever signs of drying out, excess dirt or lifelessness are observed.
Such maintenance can be done regularly and involves wiping on a thin coat of oil and finishing with a fine steel-wool pad; excess oil, as always, should be wiped off.
Where surfaces have become very poor because of exposure, neglect or abuse then sanding back and retreating should be done.
Regardless of damage that may occur, repairs are relatively simple. Minor scratches can be buffed out with an abrasive polish or touched up.
Danish Oil is available at our Wangara showroom.
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