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Patina – Best sealer to protect mahogany worktop

Listed under Blog, products Posted Mar 30 2012

What is the best sealer to protect mahogany worktop? One option is definitely Patina.

For 20 years I have been using a wood care product called Patina to seal and protect mahogany worktops, oak hand rails, pine tables… if it is wood, don’t oil it, wax it or French Polish it, Patina it!

This is midway through applying the Palace Chemicals Patina polyurethane gel to a mahogany worktop.

It is “clear” ie a hint of yellow, and in two very thin coats, brings out the grain and detail in the wood (hence the name, patina) and protects it from everyday wear and tear. It is also microporous, so you don’t get the ring effect where hot mugs draw the moisture out the wood and leave a mark under French Polish.

I love this wood care product!

Patina is for interior use only, although I have been told it has been tested on garden furniture and lasted 3 years out in all weathers. It has let me down once only, nobody seemed to know why it dulled in patches. One suggestion plucked out of the sky was that maybe a previous product applied to the timber had reacted with the Patina. They always recommend trying it on a small area first, but in my experience, on sanded bare timber, I would bet my socks that it will dry rock hard as expected.

How to apply Patina

The key is to apply it sparingly. I use a lint free rag, rub it on it in circles, then lay it off, pressing hard, going along the grain 3 or 4 times. You can build up quite a sweat. It should be practically touch dry after each application, no residue, and within a few hours, dry enough to place a cloth on it – no hot stuff just yet. After 48 hours, it is cured, job done. If you put it on too thick, you won’t be raving about it, as it takes too long to dry.

It is not readily available from stores, never seen it on any shelves, to be honest. Online for under £10, you get enough to do table after table, worktop after worktop. A vital addition to any professional furniture painter‘s box of tricks.

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2 comments to “Patina – Best sealer to protect mahogany worktop”

  1. Ayla Holdom

    Thank you very much for this article – extremely useful and a surprise this isn’t talked about elsewhere, as protecting wood (especially oak) kitchen surfaces from water and heat damage is a well-discussed topic on forums.

    We are taking delivery of a solid oak worktop next month, hence investigating this topic. I had intended to heavily treat with Danish Oil (daily for the first month) to really soak in and deeply protect the wood from splitting/water. If I did that, could I then use Patina as a final treatment? I love the colours brought out by deep oiling, but the protection of Patina you describe (and reflected in many Amazon reviews) is going to be necessary long-term.

    Thank you again,

  2. Andy Crichton Andy Crichton

    Patina is for bare timber only.

    Danish oil is for those who like to oil worktops regularly.

    Tung oil is a firm favourite with a couple of older Traditional Painter members. Danish Oil is a mix of tung oil and linseed oil.

    I had a very good lesson on oiling timber from a German company at Farbe paint show in Munich. Their natural oil is literally one coat applied by a spatula, and left for a couple of hours before wiping over and buffing with a clean cloth. It should be left a couple of days to harden, but as I didn’t have 2 days to wait, he dropped water on the surface and it pooled, as you would hope.

    The process for dealing with scratches is: wipe some more oil over the scratch.

    I asked them what they thought of these worktops that are soaked in baths of tung oil for a week to really get in the wood. They think that any process that tries to douse and fill the pores of wood deep down, is bad news for the wood.

    I would also suggest that timber worktops should be well stocked with cutting boards, there is nothing like a knife to ruin the best laid plans and longevity of a worktop coated with a thin oil.

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