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Watco Danish Oil, Black Walnut
Watco Danish Oil, Black Walnut Item #33982
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$17.99 Quart
Watco Danish Oil, Fruitwood
Watco Danish Oil, Fruitwood Item #35550
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$17.99 Quart
Watco Danish Oil, Red Mahogany
Watco Danish Oil, Red Mahogany Item #30277
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$17.99 Quart
Watco Danish Oil, Natural
Watco Danish Oil, Natural Item #36795
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$17.99 Quart
Watco Danish Oil, Light Walnut
Watco Danish Oil, Light Walnut Item #33799
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$17.99 Quart
Watco Danish Oil, Golden Oak
Watco Danish Oil, Golden Oak Item #31247
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$17.99 Quart
Watco Danish Oil, Cherry
Watco Danish Oil, Cherry Item #36746
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$17.99 Quart
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Watco Danish Oil Finish

Wipe on to seal, protect and enhance the natural look and feel of the wood.
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96% of 100

This finish soaks deep into wood pores to provide protection from the inside out. Because it hardens inside the wood, it will never chip, peel or wear away. Made from a unique blend of penetrating oil and varnish that stains, seals and protects in one easy step, it enhances the natural look and feel of the wood, and creates the rich, warm glow of a hand-rubbed finish. Great for furniture, trim, molding or any other bare wood interior surface. Simply wipe on with a brush or cloth. Quart.

(1) Watco Danish Oil Finish
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Brand Watco
Tech Spec
  • Use only on dry wood from which all previous coatings have been removed.
  • Flood surface using a brush or cloth, applying additional finish to areas that absorb all of the liquid.
  • Allow to penetrate for 30 minutes.
  • Reapply, allowing an additional 15 minutes of penetration.
  • Wipe surface completely dry.
  • Ready for use in 8-10 hours.
  • If a topcoat such as polyurethane is desired, allow oil to dry 72 hours before applying.
  • Coverage: 100-150 sq. ft. per quart.
  • Clean up with mineral spirits or paint thinner.
Color Black Walnut, Cherry, Fruitwood, Golden Oak, Light Walnut, Natural, Red Mahogany
Size Quart
Use Interior
4.8 / 5.0
37 Reviews
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perfect for working on all grades of wood
June 18, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I like this stuff
Great to work with, looks great
May 30, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked great, feels great, looks great. Used on main bench in shop. Bench is mdf w pine edge. The mdf soaked it up immediately and I needed to go get more. (Bench is 9'x34"). The pine edge took 2 coats to coat and it all looks AWESOME.
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March 25, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really makes the wood grain pop.
November 5, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Large Oak Dining Set
Best product ever! Finished a large Oak table & 8 chairs. Used it 6 years ago, with 5 children, no water rings, looks like new. Just oil the table periodically. Just finished a wood pantry door, looks awesome!!!
July 12, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Danish Oil
A great finishing option!
May 4, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Watco Danish oil
I use Watco all the time. two or three coats with applicable drying in between. Makes a lasting finish.
January 23, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product. Easy to apply, quick drying, great results.
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November 29, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Would definitely use again
This is Red Mahogany Danish Oil followed by Spar Varnish on Douglas Fir 2x6
Red Mahogany Danish Oil followed by Spar Varnish on Douglas Fir 2x6
Red Mahogany Danish Oil followed by Spar Varnish on Douglas Fir 2x6
June 25, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy application with great penetration
June 21, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Liked other Watco Danish Finish that I ordered.
Richard D on May 4, 2018
Recommendation of a friend who used to use on her teak sailing boat when she lived in Northern Germany.
Billy Dewayne K on Apr 11, 2018
Liked other Watco Danish Finish that I ordered.
Richard D on May 4, 2018
This is my finish of choice and I do not have enough to finish a project I am currently working on.
TN Crusin on Apr 26, 2018
Recommendation of a friend who used to use on her teak sailing boat when she lived in Northern Germany.
Billy Dewayne K on Apr 11, 2018
Best Danish Oil to use on antique furniture.
ina b on Apr 7, 2018
Never used it and have read reviews, sounds like a quick easy finish, less work than my usual finishing methods
Cindy J on Mar 15, 2018
Convenience, one and done
Chris O on Dec 15, 2017
I prefer the quality & simplicity
Paul B on Nov 1, 2017
Great for finishing my wooden puzzles for kids
Jim A on Oct 16, 2017
Love danish oil ... needed more
Joshua W on Jul 24, 2017
Know and trust this brand
Kelly W on Jan 27, 2017
I used this oil years ago on poplar and it covered great. I just used it on maple and had the same great results.
Chris M on Jun 3, 2016
Gerry F on Mar 18, 2016
Recommended by my mentor/instructor.
John F on Feb 6, 2016
One of the easiest high quality finishes to use. I have been been using these oils for 40 years now with great results! I always follow up with a quality paste wax.
John E on Feb 3, 2016
John E on Jan 5, 2016
I use this because of the ease of applying,and the look after it has had Polyurethane applied as a finish coat. Always an Excellent look.
Barry R on Oct 15, 2015
Previous experience and price.
William A on Sep 25, 2015
Needed it
Robert K on May 28, 2015
finishing a zebra wood box, great review
Steven H on May 22, 2015
This is my finish of choice and I do not have enough to finish a project I am currently working on.
TN Crusin on Apr 26, 2018
Best Danish Oil to use on antique furniture.
ina b on Apr 7, 2018
Can it be used on butcher block counters?
Mike K on Aug 18, 2017
can I use a product to seal once cured?
susan t on Mar 16, 2017
After stripping, bleaching & using natural oil finish, the black water stains on the chest are coming through. What can I do at this point?
Wanda L on Dec 1, 2015
Food safe?
Rick L on Apr 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Rick, I use this item on food contact items and have no concerns. What everything says about these oil finishes is that they are all "food safe" when fully cured.
Any reason for not using danish oil on newly laid hard wood ash flooring in a kitchen without a top coat of urethane?
Scott W on Nov 30, 2017
I have a stripped walnut cedar chest and just want to bring out the natural finish of the wood, which color should I purchase? Natural?
sssmmm on May 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Natural is best if you just want to highlight the grain of the wood. It's technically a clear coat but oils have a slight yellow tint. It won't show up on walnut. Only buy the tinted versions if you want a dyed look. A walnut Danish oil merely has dye in it to get a brownish hue. Apply something like that to mahagony to get it a deeper brown color.
Is this food safe?
James B on Apr 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: James I make bowls once in awhile. I have done some research on finishes. What I found was most finished looses their toxic factors once dry. For final decision I would contact the manufacturer of the product. Good luck Bill Russell
Is this good for cutting boards?
Agent B on Dec 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: no it is not to be used for cutting boards. You need to use mineral oil or a cutting board sealer. The one I use is by Howard's.
Use on paneling?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: have not used it on paneling but have used it on pine, teak and cherry. It worked fine on those woods so would expect it to work on paneling too.
I am applying wattco oil to window trim that has previously been done with the same wattco oil. Do i need to completely sand the area before applying? The finish is not in bad condition now, just need to freshen everything up.would appreciate some advice, thanks.
Jane S on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would just sand it once very lightly with a super fine sand paper and than apply the Watco Oil.
Why is watco oil turning my wood furniture black ?
Rob W on Nov 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It may be what it was previously finished with before. Did you clean the wood before applying? Maybe with mineral spirits. Did you apply any "cleaning " solution after? There are a lot of variables that could cause this
Is it necessary to put a second coat on when you first put this on completely sanded wood? Can one good coat be enough?
Marilyn B on Feb 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've always followed the instructions on the can and followed the first coat with a second as directed. I've never tried just one coat. It's a great finish and one I use a lot, partly because it's fast. Apply it, wait about three days and wax it. Before you apply any finish, dampen the wood slightly. That will raise any compressed grain, and you can sand it smooth again with a very light application of 400 grit. That way the first coat doesn't raise the compressed grain.
Is there any blotching with wood prone to that like maple or birch?
Tom V on Dec 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I did and entire workbench in hard maple and black walnut and the finish was beautiful- used two coats of danish oil and two coats of wipe on poly (satin) - no blothching whatsoever - made the maple a little more yellow and the walnut slightly darker. Both were much richer in tone after the danish oil
I have an armoire I made 20 years ago and use Watco light Walnut oil and now I'd like to darken it up can I go right over it with the Dark walnut and will it darken it or do I need to sand it first? Since the oil soaks into the grain will it cover sufficiently?
scott b on Aug 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Although I've used Watco for at least 40 years I rarely use anything other than the natural. Unfortunately the formulation has changed due to EPA requirements and it's just not the same product anymore. In the past I would have said yes to your question and added that you should use wet/dry paper of around 320 or 400 grit to wet sand the oil into the surface. I'd give that a try on that "inconspicuous place" they always recommend! Good luck
Is this good for dining chairs ? Kids often have wet hands when handling the chairs. Shoul I use a varnish like Arm R Seal or Waterlox instead ?
Julian J on Jun 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Danish Oil does a great job at enhancing the grain and look of the wood. However, it does not provide a whole lot of protection. If you are concerned with increasing the protection I would use a varnish. Both of the ones you suggested are great. You could put a coat of Danish oil on, let it cure, then finish with a few coats of Arm R Seal.
Can I use Watco to finish bare pine floors?
Sherry N on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would hesitate using a drying oil on floors because of the traffic and hard use it will encounter. Your floors need a hard finish such as varnish, shellack, or a poly product.
I have an oak table that has been stripped and (poorly) lacquered by an amatuer. Grain is also evident now. Would an application of Watco be appropriate to seal and finish this job? If not…. any suggestion for proper product?
BeeeGeeester on Jan 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No Watco needs to penetrate the wood the lacquer prevents that it also will not help the grain problem? I would re strip sand with 100 and then work my way back up to 400
. Using a damp cloth to raise the grain and the sanding it off when the wood is dry.once I reach 400 grit I soak it and do a final sand. Before re sealing.
Using black walnut, but need a darker tint. what can i add to it to achieve this?
Dennis O on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest using several soaking coats of Black Walnut #33982 over several hours keeping it wet. You may continue to use #33982 to wet sand with 220 every once in a while keeping it wet and finish with #33982 320 and 400 wet sandpaper to finish. Wipe with same rag dampened with Black Walnut then wipe dry. Let dry 2 or 3 days then wet sand with Watco dark wax 2 or 3 coats and polish with clean cloth. Maintain with same wax a couple of times a year.
Have new pine stair treads that we'd like to appear an aged brown color. What's the best color/product to choose?
Renee on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Renee, Watco oil is a superb product on furniture or other items made of wood, especially those that are not subject to continuous scuffing or hard use. Because stairs are subject to hard use, I would not recommend an oil as a finish. A better alternative is to stain with a suitable color, then put on a finish coat such as a shellack or better yet, a poly product. Those will wear much better.
I'm fininshing a beautiful elm slab for a fireplace mantle ( I know it's personal preference) but do you think natural would be the way to go and do you think i would get best results with rag or brush?
Brian L on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I prefer a natural finish as it represents the wood grain and texture as I should be. If you want to match existing wood work in the room then I would consider a stain. Having said that I would still prefer the contrast achieved by going natural on the mantle.
As an applicator I prefer a rag so I can rub the finish into the surface. Don't know if it make a difference but I feel good about it.
Is Watco oil safe for sealing the wood of my planter box that we will grow food in?
Janey J on Jun 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While it is food-safe when dry, Watco is not very moisture resistant, and thus is a poor choice for a planter box.
Can I use this to seal my planter box that we will use to grow food in?
Janey J on Jun 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think that there are other products that would work much better. Maybe a caulk or construction adhesive. Watco is very thin.
Can you use this product on SVG Fir? I have had good results using Watco Danish Oil in Natural on woods. I would like to use it the pigmented product (probably light walnut) on a nice piece of fir. But fir can be blotchy if conventional stain is used without a sealer. Has anyone tried this product on fir.
Stephen H on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You really need a sealer for most woods, but especially fir. Although I don't use fir for my presentation boxes, I put two coats of sealer on,light sanding between, then several coats of sprayed on poly for a final finish. Again, 0000 steel wool in between. A thin coat of wax will protect and provide a lovely luster.
I have natural walnut paneling finished with watco natural danish oil. Can I use it on top of original put on 20 years ago?
Captain on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Make sure the panel is cleaned before reapplying the oil. I've reapplied Watco several times on an entertainment unit over the last 44 years. Good as new. Oh, I do put on a light coat of wax to protect and provide a sheen.
Can I use this on wood kitchen cabinets that are stained and scratched?
Lou S on Jul 23, 2018
Can this be used on plywood countertop?
D.s. S on Feb 5, 2017
I have a baby crib made of reclaimed chestnut, walnut and douglas fir and am wondering if Danish oil would be safe for a child and what color would be best to put on the douglas fir to help it blend with the others?
Lisa L on Sep 22, 2016
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION: This is a combustible product, dispose of product soaked rags in accordance with local ordinances.