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Burned Wood Look in Minutes

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Charred Wood Desk After
  • Estimated Time

    Approximately 1 hour

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If you love the look of burned wood, Charred Wood Accelerator is an easy way to get the look in minutes! Try it on bare wood and see how it transforms before your eyes. 

Stir or shake material thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Apply with a synthetic bristle brush or foam brush. Allow Charred Wood Accelerator to sit on the wood for 30 minutes to 1 hour for the final effect. Wiping away is not required. For a lighter effect, apply product and wipe away immediately or lightly sand the finish with fine grit sandpaper once it is dry. To darken, a second coat can be applied after 1 hour. 

A topcoat should be applied for the best protection. Wait 2 hours for Charred Wood Accelerator to dry. For surfaces such as furniture and cabinetry, a lacquer spray can be used as the topcoat.

For best results, we recommend Watco lacquer. If you choose to topcoat with a polyurethane, first seal with Watco Lacquer spray and then apply Varathane Polyurethane.