Finishing oak veneer doors - what to use?

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by Mattcee, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Cecilb70

    Cecilb70 Active Member

    Polyurethane solvent based is a paint in the brush!
  2. dorset eddie

    dorset eddie New Member

    On the subject of why some people report using Danish Oil on veneered doors without incident... (me included)
    On being told recently by a supplier that I should DEFINITELY not use Danish oil on their veneered doors, I told them that I bought 7 of the same doors from them 8 years ago, and they still look great, no sign of the glues being compromised by the oil. So I asked a carpenter friend why he thought my doors were okay. He said, manufacturers have been steadily reducing the thickness of veneer on doors over the last few years. When I bought mine, he says the veneer may have been say 3mm thick, and as I'd applied the oil with a cloth, it wouldn't soak in enough to affect the glue. These days, he says, the veneer on many doors is only 1mm deep, and therefore it is now a lot more likely that Danish Oil will penetrate the veneer and reach the glues. OSMO oils have a low solvent content and will not penetrate deep enough to affect the veneer glue.
  3. HappyHacker

    HappyHacker Active Member

    I have just installed two oak veneer doors, from what I could see the veneers were paper thin. The manufacturers instructions said don't use oil and various other things including water based stuff. I asked their technical support and they said I could use Osmo door oil. I asked Osmo if they did door oil with any tints and they said no and confirmed it was formulated differently to floor oil. So I stained the doors with a solvent stain and used Osmo door oil. They look OK. with no veneer lifting.

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