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Thread: Tung Oil Opinions--New Info

  1. #1
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    Tung Oil Opinions--New Info

    For my own education, I'd like to hear from anyone who has an opinion on Tung Oil:

    Do you like it? Not like it?
    Do you use it? Not use it?
    Do you use the pure? The "Tung Oil finishes" (which may or may not even have any Tung Oil in them)?
    What do you think about it?
    What do you know about it?
    What do you think you know about it?

    Thanks for any and all replies.
    Last edited by Cynthia White; 04-30-2011 at 07:29 PM. Reason: added something
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    I used to use Formby's tounge oil finish on bowls. It worked great, but it is quite a bit more expensive than danish oil with about the same results. Now I mix my own danish oil which is even cheaper...even parts of boiled linseed oil, mineral spirits and varnish. I've heard that pure tounge oil takes forever to dry, but never tried it.
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    Have used it.
    Like it.
    Pure only.
    Like it, easy to apply, looks good.
    Made from the tung nut, whatever that is and wherever it comes from. Is a tough finish that can be added to. It very moisture resistant. Idiot proof in applying. DAMHIK
    I think it is made from the same Martian fish oil as WD-40.
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  4. #4
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    Tacoma, WA
    I like tung oil. It's easy to use, very durable, easy to repair/touchup.

    First coat mix 1/2 and 1/2 with mineral spirits so it soaks into the wood better.

    Does take a while to dry, but over a 3 day period in a warm shop I can get a good 4-5 coats (until the wood stops soaking it up, wood type depending). Does take a day or two or three before it stops seeping out of the poors and is ready to use. At least that was my experience on a rocking chair I rebuilt. .(maybe I put too much on?)

    Also, it doesn't taste too bad when you get it on your hands and then get it on your P&J sandwich.
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Made from the tung nut, whatever that is and wherever it comes from.
    "Tung oil or China wood oil is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seed from the nut of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii). [...] The oil and its use are believed to have originated long ago in China, and appear in the writings of Confucius from about 400 B.C."

    I've used it, but found it takes forever to dry. I'm likely just using it wrong...


    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 04-22-2011 at 10:24 PM.

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    I used Formby's on the kitchen cabinets at the other house. It worked well and was durable enough. Now I'm using the Waterlox. I think this is tung oil that is already thinned, am I right? Anyway, I love it. Easy to apply, easy to repair if need be. Jim.
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  7. #7
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    Decatur, Alabama
    I thought I used pure tung oil once, and liked it. Then figured out it wasn't really tongue oil, but a mixed finish. Gotta be careful on that stuff, probably more mixtures with little/no tung oil than true tung oil.

  8. #8
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I've used the polymerized pure tung oil that Lee Valley sells. The polymerization process supposedly causes it to cure faster than unadulterated pure tung oil. I still prefer the results I get with Formby's Tung Oil Finish, and I think it's the varnish in the mix that helps me get a better, more consistent and predictable finish.

    For me, I've found I get better results with any of the oil finishes if I wipe it on, then wipe all the excess up after a few minutes. The only times I can think of when I didn't like the results I got were times that I didn't wipe off the excess before it started hardening.
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    Since this thread hasn't exactly caught on fire, let me rephrase my question and add some information.

    I'm writing an article for a ww magazine on Tung Oil. Is there anyone out there, amateur or pro, would is interested in experimenting with Tung Oil, maybe finishing a couple of small things or showing me photos of already finished projects (with Tung Oil), and who would like to talk about it "on the record" and get some free press ?
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    2460 post's and you are writing articles now? Good job
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