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#1 posted 07-21-2009 04:02 PM

Hi Don,

I’m with the others in saying that it depends. I usually ask the client what they want and show them samples of both. One coat of oil are plenty to deepen the figure of the wood and bring out the grain. I tend to disagree on the protective side though. I have found that the more coats of tung oil I add, the better the protection, especailly if it’s only getting a wax finish on top. I usually go up to 4-5 coats of tung oil with 24 hours drying time in between coats.

If the client prefers the feel of bare wood, then I will buff with tripoli, white diamond, and then wax. This gives a nice glossy finish that is very smooth and natural to the touch. If the client wants super high-gloss and durability, then I use Charlie’s method of above with 50-50 wipe-on poly. Very shiny, not quite as “natural”, but very resistant. I usually do about 4-5 coats of wipe-on.

In the end the client’s tastes, or yours, should dictate the finish, and not one person’s preferred method.

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