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Forum topic by Harbormom posted 12-11-2015 02:51 PM 844 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2015 02:51 PM

So, three years ago we installed Douglas fir T&G floors (trees off our land). And for VOC reasons and appearance we decided on Tung Oil cut with Citrus Solvent. We applied 7 coats as instructed; until the wood stopped absorbing. Well, it looked great for about a week. Then it became the dreaded dull, dirty ugly floor that just a few special folks get when using tung oil – no patina whatsoever. Our guess, it’s the fir.

We want a little shine and patina. We want to go over the floor with something that won’t soak in and look dull in a week or a month.

Below are pictures of the plain floor (with dog toy) – yuck.
Another picture of the floor with Johnson’s One Step Wax on the left (almost absorbed in 24 hours) and Watco Danish Oil on the right.
The other picture is the Watco on the left and Howard’s Bee’s Wax on the right. (The Howard’s contains bee’s, carnuba and orange oil).
It’s only been 24 hours so I’m not sure how all will absorb in a week or more.

Any advise please! Would a combination of these products work; say the Danish Oil, then wax as needed with Howard’s. This wood is so porous I’m not sure anything other than poly will give it a lasting glow, but I don’t want poly.

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 03:49 PM

If you use wax, and want to do something else later from what hard wood flooring specialist told me when I had my remodeling business, you have to sand it down to get to clean wood b4 a film finish can be put on.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 04:22 PM

Something else you might want to test out, before proceeding, is pure Pre-polymerized Tung Oil. I used the product sold by Lee Valley, and have been happy with it. They clearly state that it’s a high-luster, and that if you wanted a more satin like finish, you would mix it with their tung oil sealer.

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 01:36 AM

Thanks for the tip about Lee Valley. Spent a good 30 minutes on the phone with Sue. She suggested using their sealer first since the floors are soaking up everything. Then their polymerized tung oil. She also suggested that she thought I would be happy with a carnuba wax if we use a power buffer.

I think we’ll go with the poly-tung! I especially like the idea that you can spot treat the high traffic areas.

If I wax it, I can spot treat, but I might be doing it more often and buffing (she suggested buying a buffer). IDK. But everything I’ve read is once you wax – you are stuck with wax.

Of course, I had already applied the Danish Oil before getting this post. I’m glad I did the Danish Oil because it is tinted Dark Walnut and the dark pigment is sinking into crevices and pits and looks great! We’ll let it cure for a few weeks and then move forward. (Gotta love moving furniture, but at least we are not sanding.)

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