FAQ about Gobelins Danish Oil


What kinds of wood is Gobelins Danish Oil good for?

All of them. Gobelins Danish Oil is ideal for Balau, Teak, Imbuia, Okume, Mahogany, Meranti, SA Pine, Oregon Pine, Cypress, Yellowwood, Oak, Ebony, Wild Olive, Beech, Maple & Bamboo. You get the point.


Is GDO suitable for use on exterior wood?

Yes! Although we recommend our Deck Oils which is basically Danish Oil for outdoors. The Gobelins Deck Oils have been especially formulated for use on outdoor patio furniture, sundecks, doors & window frames.


If used on sundecks and stair treads will the surface become slippery when wet?

Nope. GDO is far less slippery than conventional exterior varnishes when wet, but when wearing footwear with worn smooth soles one must tread carefully. Basically, you’re going to slip if you’re wearing slippery shoes no matter what the surface. You have been warned.


Can I apply GDO on top of varnish?

No. This would completely defeat the object. Danish Oil is a WOOD oil and therefore needs to come into contact with the actual wood (not the varnish). Should you apply GDO to the old varnish, it will come off as the old varnish cracks and flakes. It is important that before applying GDO for the first time the wood is sanded back to bare wood. Remember it’s not on top, it’s inside.


Can I dilute Gobelins Danish Oil and if so what can I dilute it with?

Yes you can – GDO can be diluted up to 50% with White Spirits (by this we mean Mineral Turpentine…not Vodka). In many instances this improves the penetration into the cells of the wood, especially on hardwoods like Teak, Okume and Balau.


How many coats are necessary to achieve the best results?

Typically two or three coats are enough, but if diluted more might be needed.


How do I know when I have applied enough?

You can keep on applying GDO until the wood stops absorbing it. The Confucius WoodCare Guy says,” When wood is sticky, man has used too much GDO.” 


Why is my Danish Oil sticky and taking a long time to dry?

You didn’t read the instructions on the label. Seriously. Mostly this means that you have applied too much, or possibly that you have applied it over an existing varnish which prevents it from penetrating into the wood. When it comes to Gobelins Danish Oil, less is more.

 Help! I have applied too much and my wood is now sticky. What do I do now?

All is not lost. Grab a bottle of mineral turps and a scouring sponge from the kitchen along with lots of kitchen paper towels or old cotton rags (synthetic fabrics are not absorbent). Get the wood as wet as you can with the turps, rubbing the surface with the scouring pad and wiping off the gunge as you go.

Next step: Let it dry. Really dry.


If you have any other questions about Danish Oil, please don’t hesitate to ask The WoodCare Guy.


3 thoughts on “FAQ about Gobelins Danish Oil

  • October 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Hi Guys, what is your best price on 20 liters of Danish oil delivered to me in Howick ?
    Simon Paull

    • October 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Hi Simon,

      Thanks for your enquiry.
      I emailed you last week our current prices and shipping cost regarding 20 litres Danish Oil.
      If you have not received it, please contact us at info@thewoodcarecompany.co.za or call me on 082 940 9904.

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

      Kind regards,

      • December 28, 2018 at 12:24 PM

        Hi Lisa could you please mail the latest costs for 20 litres karsenr@jgafrika.com or 071 231 6084 Regards Richard


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