Tung oil is recognized as the finest oil finish available. However, most so-called Tung oil finishes on the market have been adulterated with varnishes, lower cost soy oils, and/or urethane additives. This makes the finish somewhat cheaper and easier to use, but sacrifices the special qualities of Tung oil. Pure Tung oil provides a tough, hard surface that is absolutely waterproof, and impervious to dust, alcohol, acetone, and fruit and vegetable acids. It does not darken with age as linseed oil does.
Sutherland Welles uses polymerization from a cooking process to give its Tung Oil a faster drying time and a harder, higher gloss surface. Increasing the percentage of polymerized oil in the formulation of the finish restricts penetration but increases luster, durability and hardness. Always wipe off excess oil, turning your rag frequently. If tackiness persists, simply wet the surface with more oil, wipe immediately and let dry overnight. Keep tightly capped and minimize the amount of air in the can to prolong shelf life.(These items cannot be shipped by air service.)
Note: These items have been restricted from being shipped outside the U.S. NOTE: Due to impending laws on air quality control and other health concerns, these items have been restricted from shipping to California.
I was a bit too windy in my prior comments, so they were cut off. :-) I'm continuing where it cut off:
(For the record, following instructions, I wiped on, rubbed in, then wiped off the excess on the first coat. I then brushed on three more very thin coats, all at least 24 hours apart, and that technique worked well for me. Advice from the pros had convinced me of the necessity of not rushing things.) Thank you to an earlier reviewer who suggested using marbles to keep the air out of the can ... that method works great.
Now, six months after the project was completed, and many trips up and down those finished stairs by the two-legged and four-legged occupants of our house, there is no sign whatsoever of scratching. Our steps have a subtle shine without being slippery, which is exactly what we wanted. Thank you, Sutherland Welles, for helping a picky amateur get professional results. Now that I'm spoiled by using the best, I'll probably not use anything else again.
- Saturday, March 01, 2014
Great Experience With This Product
Dwight (Waterford, Wisconsin)
I'm not a professional woodworker, but I love beautiful woods and I have high standards, so when my wife and I decided to tear the carpet off our stairs and redo them in maple (and she also agreed to letting me do the work!), I was excited. I also knew, being an amateur, that I'd better do my homework before I started.
We bought unfinished white maple retro-treads to cover the existing stairs. I did hours and hours of research on various products to seal, stain, and finish them to a golden oak color, which was necessary to match some surrounding woods. I read review after review (including the ones on this site), and began to appreciate what a difficult assignment I had given myself as an amateur. I was concerned that whatever final finish I used had to stand up to traffic, including that of our beloved dog running up and down the stairs.
Some finishes were described as tough, but difficult to apply and/or extremely smelly. Several reviewers said there was just no way to avoid scratches over time, especially from rambunctious canines, so you'd better just plan to refinish every few years. The sealing/staining phase has its own success story and isn't part of this review, but I decided to top it with tung oil because it was tough enough to handle the traffic, and would give me the option of wiping on another coat a few years down the road if needed, without stripping what was already there. Having decided that, I looked for the best tung oil product, and decided on Sutherland Welles.
I could not be happier with that decision. Although the instructions say to avoid application in hot, humid weather, I couldn't avoid some of that in the midwest in August, which is when I had the time to work on this project. The heat didn't seem to make any difference. This tung oil finish wiped on easily and I had absolutely no trouble with the application. (For the record, following in
- Friday, November 22, 2013
Tung Oil Sealer - The Good Stuff
Nathan (McLean, Virginia)
Found this through multiple reviews online. Went on easy and when it came to sealing the wood it did as it says on the can. Looks good.
- Friday, November 22, 2013
Tung Oil Finish - The Good Stuff
Nathan (Mclean, Virginia)
Went on smoothly and wiped down easy. Gets tacky quickly and sands down with wool with just enough elbow grease.
- Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The Very Best
Robert-Jackson Longmire (Pickent, South Carolina)
This the BEST finish I have ever used, bar none. A tip, move from the large a small amount to a tight fitting container. Use MARBLES to bring the level in your can right to the top and close it tightly. I have a pint I have been using for 5 years or more, still in great shape. I only use 1/2 oz. at a time and use copper plated buck shot in the little container. You MUST keep the air out containers
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
We’re very pleased to hear you are happy with this finish. Love the tip…thanks for sharing!
- Friday, March 25, 2011
Pity this isn't more available
paulK (Berkeley, CA)
I've used this Tung oil for 20 years at least. The description is quite good. The low luster is easiest to use, a bit more like others available on the market, but with a nicer finish. I find that the smell is also a bit more tolerable than some others. The high luster is definitely a bit trickier to use, and is not needed for many projects, unless a gloss is desired. I've always used 1000 grit paper or even higher to apply once at this level. I would also highly recommend decanting this product into smaller cans if you are not going to use it up quickly. As stated it does congeal if the lid is not left on. I scrupulously keep it on. I decant gallons into quarts and quarts into pints.