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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:21 pm 
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So, I just varnished 12 brand new solid oak doors. They have all had one coat. I'm using a clear, satin varnish.

I used most of a 2.5l tin for this. Maybe there is 300ml left.

I realise the wood was obviously highly absorbent for this first coat and I'll be using less on the second coat. What I want an idea of is what percentage less the second coat will need. It will bug me to be left with loads from a big tin when I could have bought a small tin.

Any rules of thumb welcome!

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:dunno: and if I knew and said to you 1.8 litres do you think 2x1 litre tins would be cheaper than a 2.5 litre tin? What varnish did you use? My limited experience of varnishing new solid wood (not oak) was three coats, and if you are using water based I would say 3 coats in order to provide adequate protection from dirty fingers.


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Thanks, it's Johnstones Satin Clear Varnish.

I just assumed someone who had done it before might say something like 'you'll need half as much for subsequent coats'.


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