I'm finishing a project made of mostly Black Walnut and I'm using
Minwax Tung Oil finish. I'm wondering how many coats people typically
recommend. I've heard as few as 2, and others who suggest many more.
I used five on this one: http://www.garagewoodworks.com/Dresser_Project.htm
also made from black walnut. More than enough coats. Too many and it
will start to look glossy.
I rubbed mine down lightly with 0000 steel wool after curing.
I trust that being stunned is good, but tung oil is a penetrating finish,
not a film finish. Once you have saturated it (one or two applications
ought to do it) you are just putting gunk on your project.
But perhaps you are taking off all the dried oil with the steel wool.
But of course that doesn't address the OP's question. He is talking about
tung oil finish, not tung oil. tof is mainly poly.
:>> But of course that doesn't address the OP's question. He is talking :>> about tung oil finish, not tung oil. tof is mainly poly.
:> I was really impressed with the way YOU addressed the OP's question.
: Suggesting he follow the directions on the can? Yeah, the folks at Minwax
: might know how to use it.
Although in general it's true following the can directions is smart,
there's a realy good article in the current Woodwork about this with
some examples of truly bad directions and information on finish cans.
-- Andy Barss
Precedent? Following the directions on Minwax Antique
Oil generally results in a sticky mess that takes a year to
dry. Laying it on light and buffing it in produces a
nice low gloss sheen. Minwax "Tung Oil Finish" is
likely a very similar varnish-fortified oil.
I'm going to guess that Minwax knows exactly what they're doing.
AO is one of their oldest products. What works for them, however,
may not work for everyone, due to environmental factors, probably.
All finishes need tweaking of application technique, oils especially.
This is a more apparent example. Should come as no surprise.
I'm not familiar with the product but I suspect it's not straight tung
oil. It's probably a combination of tung and poly. If the finished
piece is away from direct sunlight and moisture, then you can probably
get by with two coats. I use a combination of tung, poly and linseed
oil and I usually apply four coats. I recently finished a black walnut
bathroom sink cabinet with six coats Remember, aesthetic appeal is not
the only reason you finish a piece. The primary job of a finish is
wood protection. If you don't feel like you have enough finish on the
piece, then you probably don't.
just completed a top for an old cast iron Singer sewing machine base;
mahogany with maple inlay, and used that same finish. I did 5 coats,
rubbed with 0000 steel wool between each. It got deeper and richer
with each coat; I could have kept going but had to call it a day one
day. That finish looks beautiful on mahogany btw.
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