|Review by mckenziedrums||posted 01-12-2010 12:59 AM||17080 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
I was surprised I didn’t see a review for this one…
In the world of drum building (and probably most woodworking in general) tung oil is the gateway drug to finishing. It’s pretty much impossible to screw up and while it takes forever to apply in amounts that actually build up, you end up with a fantastic finish.
Myself… well I’m a little impatient when it comes to finishing. When I do use an oil finish I want it to build quickly, fumes be darned. Waterlox is the best of the modified tung oils I’ve tried. The original finish is good for just your average finishing job but they make a high gloss version and even a marine version. It’s not cheap… I think the original or gloss runs around $26/qt and the marine is up around $34… but you can’t beat it in hardness, build, or quality. I refinished an outdoor table with the marine grade stuff and it’s been sitting exposed to sun and a LOT of rain and remains in really good shape. You can get a noticeable build with just a single coat of the sealer and 2-3 coats of marine grade versus 10+ coats with some oils.
Finishing tip: I will usually go with one coat of oil, followed by a coat of Zinnser Sealcoat, and then top coat that with my high gloss waterborne finishes. Though the times I have used just Waterlox I’ve been very happy with the results.
Just a note… You’re not going to use this stuff inside. There’s a pretty high VOC count but it does dry pretty quickly so you don’t get too much of a lingering smell. The high resin count gives you probably one of the toughest “oil” finishes out there.