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How We Apply Livos Wood Finish

Posted by Betsy Olerud on

How Do We Apply Livos?

Applying finish can be a tricky proposition for even an experienced craftsperson. Having used Livos products in our shop, Dovetail Design, for more than 15 years, we have developed "our" method of Livos using oil-based products.  When using oil-based products, sanding must be given a lot of attention.  We use a random orbital sander with a pressure-sensitive adhesive pad first to 120 grit, then 180 grit. We finish up with a hook and loop 180 grit paper called Mirka Abranet. With the sanding done you are ready to apply a Livos Kunos product.  Our go-to finish is Livos Kunos Natural Oil Sealer #244.  Click here for the technical data sheet from Livos Germany to read the manufacturer's suggested application methods.
  • Before you start on your finished piece, always do a test board. Prepare it exactly as you did your project piece.
  • Remember: rags wet with Livos products can be combustible! 

  1. Apply the finish with a foam brush. While wet with the finish, work the first coat in - with the grain - using a purple Scotch Brite pad. Be sure to apply finish to the end grain first.
  2.  Wait for 5 to 15 minutes.  Wipe off the excess with a white rag. Time to set depends on your room temperature and humidity.  Don't wait too long or the finish will get too sticky to wipe off.  If too sticky, apply more finish to emulsify it.
  3. Allow first coat to dry overnight before applying the next coat.
  4. Apply the second coat with a foam brush, wait, wipe off excess. Let dry overnight.
  5. Third coat - apply as you did the second coat in step 4.
  6. Enjoy your finished project…and send us a picture to livosusa@gmail.com. We'd love to see your work!

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1 comment

  • Jonathan Wilson on

    So far, so good! Looking forward to trying the color tinted versions!

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