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Forum topic by bues0022 posted 12-17-2009 03:41 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2009 03:41 PM

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I just completed (I thought) a freehand routered sign as a Christmas present yesterday. It is made from three woods: Hickory, Ash, and Paduk. My initial finish was with tung oil as per the directions on the can. I like using the Tung oil because it ends up being almost a flat finish on the flat surfaces, but in the grooves where it builds up really thick it ends up as a gloss finish. I have a problem though, there are a few places on the Ash that the wood looks a bit dry. This hasn’t happened to me before, so I’m trying to fix it. Should I hit it with another coat of the tung oil? Or, do I wipe it with a paste wax? I’ve never used was a a surface coat before, so I’m hesitant to try it over the tung oil without knowing it will be ok.


-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 04:20 PM

Ryan, you can put wax over tung oil but you need to let it cure first. Tung oil is a highly misused term by manufacturers. Unless the product states that it is a pure tung oil then you are really dealing with a wiping varnish and not tung oil. (If you want some info on this take a look at this post and follow Randy’s (drgoodwood) comments). But assuming that you did put on a tung oil finish, it will need to cure for several days before you can put a coat of wax on it.

If the ash looks dry then certainly you can apply another coat of tung oil to the wood. Ash is a lot like oak and will soak up a penetrating finish. And, as far as the grooves go, if you want to knock down the sheen just buff them with 0000 steel wool to flatten the finish.

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 04:36 PM

I think I goofed a bit, I looked at the can of finish, and I actually used Teak Oil, not Tung Oil. Hopefully the same principles apply? Here’s exactly what I used: teak oil

As far as the sheen – I actually really like the gloss look inside the letters, it helps them stand apart. I realize that if I wanted to put the wax on I’d have to wait a few more days until it completely cures. How will the wax alter the appearance? I am completely unfamiliar with using it as a final top finish – but it seems many people on here do.

I’m thinking about putting another coat of the teak oil to help it not appear as dry, let it out-gas for a few days, then hitting it with the wax as a final finish (depending on what you all think)

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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