How long should Danish Oil dry before lacquer

By Mego Kimani •  Updated: 06/19/23 •  2 min read

If you want to enhance the protection of your oiled wood, lacquer is an excellent option. It dries quickly and gives a warm, appealing finish to the wood, especially if you’ve used Danish oil. However, one mistake could ruin the project and require a complete sanding down. In this article, we’ll cover some key tips for successful lacquering over Danish oil.

How long should Danish oil dry before applying lacquer?

Timing is crucial in finishing. Knowing when to apply a finish can make all the difference between success and failure. Danish oil typically takes 4 to 6 hours to dry, but various factors can affect drying time. The Danish oil is cured after 8 hours and is now ready for a coat of lacquer.

What to do before applying lacquer

To ensure a successful lacquering process over Danish oil, it is essential to prepare the surface correctly. Before applying the lacquer, it’s recommended to sand the cured layer of Danish oil to create a smooth surface for the lacquer to adhere to. Use a 600 grit sandpaper to gently sand the surface, being careful not to remove too much of the Danish oil layer.

After sanding, it’s important to thoroughly clean the surface to remove any dust particles that could affect the finish. Use mineral spirits to wipe down the surface, ensuring that all dust and debris are removed before applying the lacquer.

By taking the time to properly prepare the surface, you’ll create a strong foundation for the lacquer to adhere to, resulting in a smooth, durable finish. So don’t rush the preparation process, take your time to sand and clean the surface before applying the lacquer for a professional-looking result.


By waiting for Danish oil to dry properly before applying lacquer, you can ensure a successful finish that protects and enhances the natural beauty of your wood. With the information and tips provided in this article, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to achieve a professional-looking finish that will last for years to come.

Mego Kimani

Hi there, my name is Mego Kimani, and I am the owner of Woodmeter, a website dedicated to wood finishing. At Woodmeter, we offer a comprehensive resource for woodworkers and DIY enthusiasts, providing information on everything from achieving the perfect finish to product recommendations and technique guides. Our goal is to empower our community with the knowledge they need to create beautiful, long-lasting finishes on their projects, no matter their skill level or experience.