DIY : A Look Into The Complicated World Of Wood Finish Oils

Believe it or not, there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to questions, such as how, when and where to use wood oils. As far as the variety is concerned, it ranges from Tung oil to Teak oil, Oak furniture oil to Danish oil and more.

With an attempt to solve all the confusion, it sounds good to take a look at each of these oils and the right way to use them. Agree? Let’s start then…

First, What Does Wood Oil Mean?

To finish the wood, oil is the most popular way. Degree of protection oils deliver is neither effective nor robust if compared to other contemporary wood finishing products. However, their bright side is that they bring out the character of the wood better than any other wood finish product. Made of natural products, they are easy to apply and maintain.

Popular Wood Oil Types

Teak oil and Danish Oil dry quicker than Linseed oil. Finish provided by them is more resilient.

Wooden surface with Linseed oil on it must be finished with the same oil only. However, for a new project, this oil looks good out of the window. Better options include:

  • Danish oil for lustrous finish
  • Teak oil for slight sheen

The Application Procedure

A soft brush or cloth is the primary thing for expected results. Be it any wood finish oil among the two (Danish or Teak), too much usage should be avoided or it won’t sink in. Sand the wood in between coats using a quality sandpaper. Best results come from at least 3 or 4 coats of oil.

Linseed oil takes very long time to dry and requires 2 or 3 days per coat. When it comes to applying it on new wood, multiple coats are needed. If working with boiled linseed oil, it takes only a day to dry. Sadly, none of these forms is ideal for outdoor wood.

Use a cloth to apply the oil and rub it in well. Leave a gap of a day between coats. Once happy with the finish, use a soft cloth and buff it to a lovely sheen.

Mineral oil is an effective laxative. Though it doesn’t provide the same sheen as other oils, it makes for a good choice where non-toxic finish is needed.

Tung oil calls for finest natural finish, thanks to its legendary performance and impressive end results.

Some Essential Tips

To stain the wood before oiling, use a water-based stain. Oil-based stain blocks the pores and prevents the oil from doing the job efficiently.

Don’t leave an oily cloth rolled up because it is easily prone to generate heat and catch fire. Before storing or throwing in the trash, dry it flat outdoors.


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