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Posted on What is your preferred finish and why?

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 07:01 AM

For me, it depends on what I will be using the piece for…

If it is something like a clock or picture frame, something that will not get much physical contact, I will use Pure Tung Oil that I mix 50/50 with pure citrus oil. I used as many coats as the wood will take. It is beyond beautiful and quite protective.

For pieces that will put up with a moderate level of use, I use Polymerized pure Tung oil. I coat everything the same as I do with the regular pure oil, I mix it with Citrus oil or Mineral spirits to enhance its absorption. When the oil is polymerized, it takes on a property when it cures that it cures in a layer under the surface of the wood. When I put on 3 or 4 coats, it looks awesome and in curing in a sheet creates a “film” that doesn’t look like a film finish.

The 3rd finish I use for high traffic pieces, I mix a “danish-ish” oil from equal parts Polyurethane, Tung oil and Mineral spirits. This gives the closest Wood finish and gives it an almost impervious layer of protection. To get through this finish, you really have to want to destroy it.

Just my $.02

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