What type of oil do you prefer and Why?

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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 09-03-2009 11:25 PM 938 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2009 11:25 PM

Boiled Lindseed Oil
Tung Oil
Danish Oil
Another type of oil

I don’t have much experience with oils, so I figured I would ask, which do you prefer and why?

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 11:31 PM

none of them… i stay away from all the natural oils… yuck

i like general finishes arm-r-seal and seal-a-cell… good stuff

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 11:40 PM

Jeff, I generally use BLO but have used danish oil and “tung oil” in the past and have not had a problem with any of them. I put quotes on the tung oil since commercial mixtures are generally only about 15 to 20 percent tung oil. You can get pure tung oil but it is not as readily available as the mixes that have varnishes and mineral spirits added to the tung oil.

I like to use them to tone the wood. I only stain oak, pine and poplar and with hardwoods, such as cherry and maple, I feel it gives them an aged look to put on a coat of BLO initially and then, either seal it with shellac or add the topcoat of choice.

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 11:43 PM

I use a tung oil finish. proprietary mix of TO BLO And Poly.
I use straight poly sparingly.
Oil finishes tend to bring out the grain and color better than poly does.
Also It is easy to fix any Damage .. just sand out any marks or scratches and reapply the oil… unlike poly which when there is any damage you have to completely remove the finish from the entire surface and start again.

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#4 posted 09-05-2009 03:29 AM

Tung oil here. I like the sheen, and it’s good for the wood too.

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#5 posted 09-05-2009 03:58 AM



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#6 posted 09-05-2009 04:07 AM

My favorite is tung oil/MS this is a 50/50 blend to start with. I usually do two coats this way. Then the topcoat which can be wiped on also is 1/3tung oil/ 1/3MS 1/3varnish. This is farily tough on the surface and lets the deep down wood grain show through warmly. I guess everyone has thier favorite finishing brew. The reason I prefer Tung oil over BLO is because Tung is impervious to water damage. Good luck with the oil finishes. They are a little finicky. but nothing else begs to be touched as often!

Ken McGinnis

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