|Forum topic by clickbangboom||posted 12-15-2013 04:18 AM||1504 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-15-2013 04:18 AM
I’ve been reading around and there’s a more than a few differing opinions about this. I’m making a set of 4 6’ cedar benches for a community garden in Houston, TX and the client requested that I use Tung Oil to finish them because he liked the idea of being able to slap a coat of tung oil on them every year. (Attached is an image of the benches pre tung oil) I have never used Tung oil and from what I read on the internet it could go both ways—either it was a great finish for outdoor furniture or it was a terrible one. I went ahead and gave it a try.
I bought Rockler Pure Tung oil and applied probably 7-10 coats of the stuff. 2.5 quarts in total. The benches turned a really sweet red color but never formed a sheen. I tried wet polishing them with polishing pads and 0000 steel wool. It didn’t make a difference. In the end they just had the color but never formed a film or any sort of sheen. They just kept soaking it up.
I talked to the client and convinced him that we should try some thing else. I sanded them to 220 and I want to apply a thin coat of shellac as a sanding sealer and then apply General Finishes Endurovar satin. Shellac + Endurovar is a finishing schedule I’ve had great success with. I’m wondering if this will work with the Tung oil underneath it. The tung oil has cured for 2-3 weeks.
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance,