Questions about Australian Timber Oil. I bought 18 gallons.

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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 09-20-2016 04:10 PM 469 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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09-20-2016 04:10 PM

Per this thread, I decided to use Australian Timber Oil on an outdoor grill table.

Saturday I saw Lowes had it on sale for $21/gallon! (ending that day)! I had not yet decided on the color, so I made sure they’d accept returns on the ones I decide against and then bought a few gallons of each…way overkill, I know.

Online, I read that excess needs to be wiped off. The can does not say so. If it’s as much oil as it claims, I’m assuming I need to wipe off excess. True?

How much coverage do you think a gallon would provide?

If I use Jarrah Brown this year, should I expect to re-oil with Natural next year?

Depth of oil
I feel this is more of a surface coating than I’d like. I don’t mean film, but it doesn’t seem to really be soaking up into the wood as, say, mineral oil. It seems like the oil I’m wiping off is the same amount that I applied in the first place. Perhaps I’m wiping it off too soon (10 minutes). If it was straight BLO or tung, I’d probably mix with Mineral Spirits and do a few applications that way. Thoughts?

note: this oak came straight from the planer, so I believe the wiped-off color will be darker than it shows above after proper sanding.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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#1 posted 09-20-2016 05:03 PM

update: after about 30 more minutes, I checked the un-wiped left sides, and the oil did soak mostly into the wood. In the future, I’ll probably let it soak longer than the right side, but shorter than the left.

And, in the future, I may do one coat thinned, followed by another at full strength. Am I thinking too hard?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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