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Sutherland Welles Interior Tung Oil Finishes
It’s probably fair to say that no aspect of woodworking is more overlaid with mystique than that of finishing. And as a woodworker, you have a huge variety of choices in selecting the protecting “Top Coat” for your project, whether it be Oils, Shellac, Varnish, Lacquer, Gels and so on. However, of all the alternatives, in our experience none exceeds Oil in being forgiving, easy to work with and to repair, and in providing the most ”natural” appearance that enhances the beauty of the wood surface. In addition, wood-finishing Oil can provide a very high degree of absolute surface protection and a high gloss if desired.

Of all the different types of oils, none approach the performance of Tung Oil. It 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 polyurethane 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 is a small firm but its wood finishing oils have extraordinary proprietaries and performance. It is more expensive to be sure, but the extra cost becomes cheap in the end.

Sutherland Welles uses polymerization from a special cooking process, producing a chemical cross-linking of the molecules, 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 (marbles or clean rocks do the trick) to prolong shelf life.

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