Salad Bowl Finish
Wood Bowl Finish is a durable oil-and-urethane oil-based finish and can be used as a beautiful and safe topcoat on wooden bowls, cups, spoons, decorative wood countertops or other wood surfaces that come into contact with food. For butcher block countertops actively used for chopping and cutting, we recommend Butcher Block Oil.
General Finishes Wood Bowl Finish Application Steps Over Raw or Stained Wood
- Stir topcoat to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before use. Urethane topcoats are thin and the flatting agents used to create flatter sheens settle quickly to the bottom. Either stir and decant what you need to use immediately or stir frequently throughout the application process.
- Use only with adequate ventilation. Open windows and doors or use other means to maintain fresh air flow during application and drying.
- If desired, thin topcoat with 10-15% mineral spirits.
- Apply 3 coats. More coats will not improve durability.
- Brush application: Apply a liberal amount of product using a clean cloth, natural bristle brush, foam brush, staining pad or pad applicator. The larger the surface the larger the applicator needed. Wipe along the wood grain using smooth, even strokes. Remove excess with light pressure.
- Spray application: Wood Bowl Finish can be sprayed successfully, but we prefer hand-application methods because it is easy to spray too much in one area. Spray thin coats and immediately wipe or brush out runs if they occur. Spray wet films at 3-5-mil thickness. HVLP: 1.0mm-1.2mm spray tip, medium air cap. Wear NIOSH-approved respiratory & eye protection.
- Lathe application: When applying to projects on the lathe, wipe on a thin even coat, then use 400-grit wet or dry sandpaper to wet-sand first coat into the wood. Use a clean cloth to buff off the excess.
Dry 24+ hours between coats in ideal conditions, 70°F/20°C, 50-70% humidity. Inadequate dry time is one of the top reasons for finish failures. You can tell if an oil-based finish is dry if it is no longer tacky, cool to the touch, and if you can press a cotton ball over the surface and nothing sticks. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if:
- Humidity is over 80%
- 3+ coats are applied
- Thick coats are applied
- Layering General Finishes water- and oil-based products:
- Water over oil: Let oil-based products dry 72+hrs before applying water-based products
- Oil over water: Let water-based products dry 24+hrs before applying oil-based products
- To accelerate dry time in humid conditions work in a space with good ventilation and air movement. If you decide to re-coat before the recommended time, test dryness.
- Finish sand between coats with a fine-grade (220-320) foam sanding pad to improve smoothness and adhesion.
- Remove dust with a vacuum, compressed air, a tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.
Oil-based finishes cure and harden completely after 30 days. Avoid placing heavy objects on top of surfaces that have not cured completely. Treat gently, and do not clean with commercial products during the cure period.