Tung oil is one of the most water resistant of cuing oils and has a centuries-long history of use as a final finish. Still, it’s no match for modern varnish in terms of durability. For any surface that’s going to see a fair amount of use, a tougher top coat is highly recommended.
Is Minwax tung oil finish real tung oil?
Minwax tung oil finish is NOT tung oil. In fact, it has no tung oil in it. That Minwax garbage acts more like a varnish.
How long does Minwax tung oil finish take to cure?
cloth or brush
after 24 hours
5-10 minutes prior to buffing
mineral spirits or paint thinner following manufacturer’s safety instructions
125-150 sq. ft. per quart
Is tung oil a protective finish?
What is tung oil? Originating from China and South America, tung oil—an extract from tung-tree nuts—is a natural drying oil that coats your fine wood furnishings with a transparent, wet finish. It enhances the color of your wood, offers excellent protection and is eco-friendly.
Will tung oil darken oak?
Oak. Tung oil can be used on oak to maintain its colour, however, if you wish to darken the oak then hard wax oil is preferable.
Can you apply tung oil over a stain?
Apply tung oil over wood stain to give the wood a shiny gleam. The Chinese have used tung oil, which comes from the seeds of the native tung tree, for centuries to protect their hardwoods from the elements. Tung oil hardens quickly and effectively seals wood and wood stains from water and scratches.
What type of varnish over tung oil?
Wipe-on poly or spar varnish will work on top of tung oil. This should protect the top from water damage, but it will show wear, so you will need to reapply every year or so. Okay if it is in your house, but not in a client’s. The best way would be an epoxy finish without the tung oil.
Can You polyurethane over tung oil?
Since polyurethane is highly durable, you can even put a layer of it on top of dried tung oil for more durability. In fact you can apply it the same way as you applied tung oil, just put a layer on and then wipe it off.
What is tung oil?
Tung oil or China wood oil is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seed from the nut of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii). Tung oil hardens upon exposure to air (through polymerization), and the resulting coating is transparent and has a deep, almost wet look.