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Forum topic by bill6575 posted 01-30-2012 12:00 AM 1156 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2012 12:00 AM

I read with interest Richard’s question on the same issue. Tung Oil Finish.
I would like to ask:

I have a cherry music cabinet that my Grandfather refinished some sixty years ago.
He was a furniture maker by trade. The cabinet has a dark cherry color with rich shine. It looks like new.
I know he used tung oil for the finish. He used Tung Oil to finish everything. I have achieved the same high quality finish using tung oil. My problem is how to get the color that he achieved. I believe the Minwax colors inhibit the absorption of the tung oil may interfere with the polymerization process. How can I safely add lots of color to a tung oil finish?

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 12:57 AM

Give up on any MW product…..It is junk for what ya want. I often use TransTint dyes in a tung oil finish. NOT PURE TUNG OIL!!!! Get that? I mostly use Old Masters tung oil wiping varnish, and color as needed.


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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:41 AM

TransTint works for me, and I mix my own wiping varnish/oil finish. Even the color before oil and then achieve the hue and depth that you desire. Lots of discussion and instruction available.

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 02:26 PM

You can wipe the surface down with a damp rag, prior to applying the solution, to raise the grain. Sand with 320 then wipe on a solution of potassium dichromate. This will age the cherry by about 100 years (as far as the color goes). You can apply a second coat, after the first on dries, to get a darker color. Lightly sand between coats, to remove any grain that has raised. Use a respirator, as the dust is toxic. Apply your pure tung oil, then if you want a top coat, the finish of choice This vanity base was finished in this manner.

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