Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Waterlox over wiping varnish

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ambler, PA
    Posts
    70

    Waterlox over wiping varnish

    I recently made a piece out of cherry and finished it with a wiping varnish I mixed up out of 1/3 BLO, 1/3 Helmsman Poly, 1/3 mineral spirits.

    It was my first time using it and I like the look, but we put the piece in a room full of other cherry furniture with Waterlox on it. The Waterlox has much more gloss to it.

    Would it be ok to apply a coat of Waterlox to make them look more even? Or should I keep adding coats of wiping varnish to try and get it glossier? I only have 3 coats on now.

    Thanks,

    Travis

  2. #2
    You made an oil varnish. That should be wipes on and wiped off. Wonít build to a hard, glossy film. It will also be less dark than waterlox (assuming u mean original sealer finish which is a real wiping varnish that will build a film).

    Your mix will also not be as durable as waterlox. Your mix is not a bad finish. But the Waterlox is a superior choice for what it seems u want to do.

    Cherry changes color over time so that affects things too.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ambler, PA
    Posts
    70
    Prashun, I agree with everything you said. My question still remains though, can I put a coat or two of waterlox over my home made wiping varnish with no ill effects?

    Thanks

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    Posts
    53,824
    I will add that Waterlox is also essentially a wiping varnish... It's just a well proven manufactured version. I see no issue with you applying it over your existing finish...just lightly abrade with a pad or 320-400 paper to promote better adhesion and knock off any dust nibs, etc.
    --

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ambler, PA
    Posts
    70
    Thanks Jim, I didn't think there would be any issues since they're essentially the same thing but you never know!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    WNY
    Posts
    6,752
    Another option is to just leave out the BLO in your homebrew. Just thin the Helmsman with MS and wipe it on. You'll get any sheen you want depending upon which sheen of varnish you are using.

    John

  7. #7
    Yes you can apply the Waterlox over the brew provided the surface is thoroughly dry and hard

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Holland, MI
    Posts
    119
    Iíve done something similar. Put down a wash coat of shellac and the Waterlox went on perfect. An extra step, but it can give you piece of mind.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    176
    As long as you thoroughly wiped off the excess of your original mixture, you should be fine. Adding more coats of your mixture won't really do anything (i.e. build up any gloss) since it leaves a negligible amount of finish on the surface. You'd probably need like 30 coats of oil/varnish mixture to equal one coat of Waterlox.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •