Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Any oil finish will give a matt/satin finish. Only problem with oil finishes they highlight any tools marks, sanding scratches, or other defects. A good oil finish requires good surface prep.
Only oil finish that can think of that will give you protection from water vapor is pure Tung Oil. Need several coats to achieve effective barrier. To speed up drying need 1 to 1 one mix of TO and turpentine. Apply a coat, wait 24 hours between reapplications, may take month to fully cure. Expensive Polymerized Tung Oil dries little faster but very expensive. Several Tung Oil products have no Tung Oil in them.
Can buy several satin oil-varnish or wiping varnishes products or make your own. Starting point for homebrews stir don’t shake:
Oil-varnish or poly: 1/3 oil, 1/3 finish, 1/3 thinner
Wiping varnish or poly ½ finish, ½ thinner
Wiping varnish or poly should give the most protection. Several brands of wiping varnish/poly 80% thinner 20% finish.