Tung, Teak, or Danish?

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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 01-18-2015 09:20 PM 576 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2015 09:20 PM

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I’ve been using Tung oil on my projects for years. I really like how it makes the grain “POP”.
A few months ago I tried Watco Danish oil and it seems to be a bit thinner coming out of the can, but the final finish seems to be about the same. The Danish oil is only a few $$ less then the Tung oil.

Last week I bought a can of Teak Oil basically because it’s about half the price of the Tung oil. Figured I’d give it a try on my next bowl. If you read the labels, all three claim to give a hard, durable finish.

So, any opinions on which one is a better finish?

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 09:34 PM

Without brand names it’s hard to tell, but most finishes called “tung oil” are little more than a very thin varnish (typically 70% or so thinner). The Watco (I think,they change every now and then) is also a thin varnish and has BLO added to it (I believe that’s the current fomula). So ther’s no much difference between them in durability, you know what the difference is in looks, and they are both about the same in application. I’m not sure one is better than the other. I left out Teak oil, since without a brand I can’t get an MSDS to look at but Flexner labels Behlen and Watco Teak Oil as wiping varnish, same as most Tung oils. You might find the article I linked of use.

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 09:38 PM

Thanks Fred. I’ll take a look at that link.
The Tung oil I’ve been using is Minwax, and the Danish oil is Watco. The Teak oil I bought is also Watco.

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 10:27 PM

I would experiment with all 3 oils on a single piece of wood to see if I can tell them apart after they are cured.
I like Tung oil a lot .

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