One of my all time favorites finishes has been Okene Antique Oil by Pratt
and Lambert. I have used this product for over 30 years with excellent
results. The finish is applied with a small rage, the first coats
penetrate, the more coats the greater the surface build up, wax the surface
with 0000 steel wool and buff. The product is no longer on the market. I've
tried the following, Benjamin Moore Antique Oil, Watco Danish Oil, Minwax
Antique Oil, Hopes Tongue Oil, Tried and True with bee's wax, I mixed Minwax
polyurethane and Minwax Antique Oil none give suitable results like the
Okene. I need suggestions for a replacement. I am down the just a few
ounces of Okene and need a replacement.
I find that it's a good time to put a scrap of 2x2 or something on the
lathe and make shavings...
It's amazing how much calmer that makes me... of course, I stay out of
the shop if I'm well oiled that night..
Help, I'm in the same boat. Did you get any help? Some people have told me to
use tongue oil but I have learned that some tongue oil finishes don't even have
tongue oil in them.
Do you know what was in Okene? An old timer told me it was tongue oil and
danish oil but I don't know if that is true. I don't know where to turn.
check out http://www.sutherlandwelles.com/ they sell polymerized tung
oil. It is teat treated tung oil and it works great. You can also buy it
from lee valley. they get it in bulk from SW and package and sell it. It
is a wipe on wait 5-10 minutes and wipe off. Depending on what I am
making, I apply 3-5 coats at least 24 hours apart. The more coats the
better the build.
Hey MGH, don't know when you posted this but I too used Okene for 30 years. I
finally purchased the only product suitable to go over Okene and that is WATCO
Danish Oil, Natural. All other Danish oil products I looked at had a verathane
in it which I did not want.
Did my first piece of antique yesterday. Used 180grit 3x sandpaper to remove a
water stain and freshen up the rest of the top of the washstand. Brushed the oil
on, waited 15 minutes, wiped off. Wow, I was so impressed. Love the feeling of
velvet smooth once dry. I did a second coat today, same timing/process and am
very happy with the results.
Not sure what you did not like about WATCO. I was also advised to buy two
containers, as this product may not be easily available in the future. Since I
oil my furniture every 4 years, I did. Figure I'm set for life now! Posted Sept
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.