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Does the final coat (in this case third) of Danish Oil have to be wiped? Or is not OK to just let dry and then lightly sand/buff?

I ask because I am using the dark walnut version of the Watco product, which was applied very thinly, and currently have the exact color match I want, but if I wipe it down, it will remove some of the solids and thereby lighten up the finish. I'd like to not have to keep reapplying...

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    If you don't wipe it, it tends not to cure properly. It stays tacky for a long time (indefinitely, for all practical purposes). Your best bet is to wipe it and reapply after this coat has had time to dry. – Charlie Kilian May 2 at 15:59
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    Same as all the other coats. With blended oil finishes you must remove all excess, no choice. BTW are you always sanding between coats? You shouldn't, unless you're de-nibbing, in which case you might only need to use the rough side of brown paper. BTW this is one prime reason a lot of finishers would steer people away from a combo product like this. Wiped away to nothing as directed there's a chance you'll actually never get to the colour you truly desire. – Graphus May 2 at 17:45
  • Thanks for the feedback. I've use Danish Oil before and like it, but this is the first time I needed to match something else that was pre-existing...always a bit of a struggle, that. I only very lightly sand ("scuff sanding") with higher grit between last and 2nd-to-last coats. – mblatz01 May 3 at 2:02
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Keep wiping. You might be able to keep your wiping rag in a jar with a lid. Keep it wet with the oil, and twice a day, wipe the surface with it to add another thin layer.

The danger with not wiping is having a thicker puddle or streak on it. This will turn into a stripe of gummy junk.

With most drying oils, UV light will hasten the drying.

Note: Colour matching can be tricky. You can get a perfect match in one light, say under the fluorescents in your shop, and find that the match is nowhere near close under sunlight or under halogen light.

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