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Simon Bond

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I have a set of dining room chairs made of ash. They have some watermarks and other unidentified marks on them but generally, they just need a bit of tidying up and re-upholstering. I'm planning to give them a light sanding and then coat them with something. I was wondering what the best finish would be to seal? and protect them while retaining a lightish colour.
As a confession, I put some osmo door oil on one of the legs of one of them and the wood pretty much turned black.
Any suggestions are most appreciated.
Thanks
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them.
Would Danish oil work in this situation, as I have some in the garage? Though, I don't want to apply something that will rub off when the chairs are being used.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them.
Would Danish oil work in this situation, as I have some in the garage? Though, I don't want to apply something that will rub off when the chairs are being used.
I would go for Osmo polyx.
 

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When I used Osmo door oil on it the wood turned black so I'd be a bit nervous about using another Osmo product.
If so I can understand your reluctance. I have used osmo polyx oil on ash and it has been fine. Hardly changed the colour of the wood at all.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them.
Would Danish oil work in this situation, as I have some in the garage? Though, I don't want to apply something that will rub off when the chairs are being used.
No, no, no. I loath Danish oil. In fact, for ash you want to avoid anything oil based.
 

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