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Howden's rustic wood worktop: oiled or varnished?

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UnOeufIsEnough Tue 02-Aug-16 19:26:56

We're about to install a Howden's kitchen with a rustic wood worktop. What's the best way to increase its durability? Is it oiling and varnishing it or just varnishing?

Any recommendations for a particular varnish? Thanks!

JT05 Tue 02-Aug-16 19:33:11

I always oiled mine. Varnish can wear and begin to look patchy, over time.
Before installing it has to be oiled/ varnished on both sides otherwise it will warp. We did waterproof the underside with varnish, around the sink and above the dishwasher where it didn't show, extra protection.

UnOeufIsEnough Tue 02-Aug-16 19:37:18

Thanks JT; do you remember what kind of oil you used? Do you re-oil every 6 months?

JT05 Tue 02-Aug-16 21:38:15

We used Ceder oil, four coats each side before installation. Then every 6 months. Still looked as new 8 yrs later.

UnOeufIsEnough Tue 02-Aug-16 21:55:42

Thanks smile

Owlcat Wed 03-Aug-16 07:58:36

Osmo oil is great, there are other posts on here about it, if you do a search.

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