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Forum topic by Clarence posted 01-26-2011 08:27 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2011 08:27 AM

I have heard that liberal applications of lemon oil have a wonderful rejuvenating and retorative effect on aged and dried wood. I am refinishing an old oak desk, built in the 30s or 40s, and I am wondering if I should dose it with lemon oil (Old English Furniture Oil, e.g.) prior to finishing. Wouild the oil have a detriimental effect on whatever finish I should choose to use?

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 02:05 PM

So called “Lemon Oil” is just a lemon scented consumer grade product. It doesn’t contain much of anything except solvents.

Use a real wood finishing oil, such as linseed oil or tung oil.

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 02:32 PM

I prefer Boiled Linseed Oil for the purpose you are describing. However, it will likely change the color (darken) of your wood. If the wood isn’t too far gone, it will do a nice job of bringing it back to life.


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#3 posted 01-26-2011 04:37 PM

I try to discourage my customers from using these type of products (Old English, Liquid Gold, etc) because of the buildup that occurs from repeated use. I once tried to “spruce up” some kitchen cabs that had been regularly “cleaned” with Liquid Gold, and had to give up when I found that the “gunk” buildup was going to require a total strip and refinish to look right.

I would experiment with BLO or Tung oil and use that if it doesn’t change the color of the wood too much.

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