The Confusion Over Wipe-On Finishes
One type is easier to apply…the other offers more protection
Synopsis: What’s the difference between wiping varnish and an oil/varnish blend? What is a Danish oil? How do you know which one to use? The key, Hendrik Varju says, is to understand how these different wipe-on finishes are made. Then you’ll have the keys to understanding where each one is best used and how to apply it. Read on to take the mystery out of choosing a wipe-on finish.
From Fine Woodworking #207
Wipe-on finishes are a favorite of many woodworkers, both amateur and professional, because of their easy application. However, there is great confusion over what exactly constitutes a wipe-on finish: You’ll hear one woodworker talk of wiping varnish, another of an oil/varnish blend; then somebody throws around the term “Danish oil,” and pretty soon you have no idea which finish is which.
These finishes are not identical. To make the right choice, you need…