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Forum topic by Pabs posted 01-14-2011 02:51 AM 7132 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2011 02:51 AM

Hey all

I’ve been using Tung oil as a finish for most of my project in the past few years. I use 100% pure Tung oil and mix it with citrus solvent to help speed drying time.
From my understanding Citrus solvent is non toxic and could be used in food grade applications and as far as I knew there were no risks while applying the stuff
When I use it I find the smell pleasant and never have I had a headache after using it
am I right about this? is it safe? both during and after application?

Pabs

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 11:50 PM

Absoluetly safe!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 12:09 AM

Not completely safe.

It can be a nasty skin, eyes and respiratory irritant.

However, once it evaporates, it’s gone.

—Clinical chemist and toxicologist

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 06:10 AM

irritant, yes.. I can see that
same as if I rub a lemon or an orange all over my hands, it will dry them up in no time and hurt like hell if any cuts are present

when you say it’s a respiratory irritant , could using this without a respirator cause me health hazards?
as far as I know these products are 100% natural…no funky chemicals added..
not saying all things natural are ok for you but since the container had no nasty warnings I assumed it was ok

-- Pabs

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 06:21 PM

Yes, if you squeeze fresh orange juice into your eyes, it will irritate you.
So, don’t do that!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 07:18 PM

Citrus Solvent (d-Limonene) is similar in toxicity to turpentine.
Long term (chronic) exposure can cause resistivity to the products and skin and mucus membrane damage.

Use it with the same precautions as any other wood finishing solvents.
Avoid direct contact with the skin and don’t use it where the fumes are concentrated.
Good ventilation, plastic gloves and maybe a carbon filtered mask with eye protection couldn’t hurt.
I use citrus solvent a lot in my finish recipes and as a solvent in my homemade furniture wax.

I do most of my finishing outside.
I also use turpentine, mineral spirits and VM&P Naphtha.

I drink orange juice, I don’t drink Citrus Solvent. :)

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 07:44 PM

@Earlextech… I’ll keep that tip in mind! hehe

@hobomonk—- humm, didn’t know it was that toxic… in terms of VOCs are there any environmental concerns with this? when compared to some chemically enhanced products out there?
it can’t be as bad as polyurethane for instant…that stuff nearly knocks me out when I open a can..

-- Pabs

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 08:47 PM

Citrus Solvent isn’t much of an environmental problem.
No more than the citrus groves in Florida. :)

Polyurethane is an ingredient not a product. Products that contain polyurethane can vary widely in composition. In our lab we tested wood finishing products that contain “polyurethane” and they vary from less than 5% to more than 20% polyurethane. Other ingredients are all over the place. Solvents include mineral spirits and naphtha. Other resins include alkyds and phenolic. Oils include modified soya oil, linseed, tung oil and others.
It’s like calling soup water.

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 03:01 PM

You can also look up their properties and cautions via an MSDS sheet.

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 03:20 PM

yikes…not as harmless as I thought !

http://www.biconet.com/home/infosheets/CitraSolvMSDS.pdf

-- Pabs

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