I have read all archives regarding Tung Oil in this NG since January
this year from kind, helpful and experienced users.
I have another question, let say I need to finished FAST some small
walnuts and oaks part. This is what I planned to do: I will apply the
parts with Tung oil mixtures (50% Tung oil 50% paint thinner) and wipe
all excess oil. It should dry in an hour, sand lightly with #0000
steel wool. Apply first coats of Polyurethane, wait for 24 hrs sand it
again before applying another coat of polyurethane and so on until I
get the finishes I need.
My question, can I speed up the process if I apply a heat gun
(carefully) on the parts to increase the temperature? What would you
do to speed up the process rather than waiting 24 hrs according to
instruction from Woodcraft's 100% pure Tung oil? I may apply three
polyurethane coats or more that depend on the finished.
My garage temp for this time of the year is about 30 degrees to 50
degree and humidity below 50%. I could do leave the parts in the
house, temps from 68 to 70 degrees and humidity 1/2 setting. Your
advice most appreciated.
Thank you everyone
On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 18:30:47 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (BlueDude)
Unless someone here has got a really good trick, I'd suggest just
using something else. Tung Oil takes forever and a day to dry, even
in warm weather. Try one of the "natural" stains, they dry really
quickly, and look almost as good, IMO.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
There's an additive you can use called "Japan Drier." Adding a small
amount of these metalic salts will help your tung oil to cure faster.
A couple of tips - a little bit goes a long way. I'll use a capfull
added to a quart of finish (pure oil, oil and thinner mixed, or with or
Don't mix more than you'll need, and don't re-mix any unused stuff with
your stockpile of finish.
One last thought ... you can also apply a spit coat of shellac over the
uncured tung oil. This will seal the oil (and smell) until it cures,
and makes a decent bond with any varnish (poly or otherwise) or top
Here's another alternative... if you're going to top coat with poly
anyway, then why not use a Sam Maloof finish and try a 50/50 mix of
tung oil and oil-based poly varnish? Apply it as you would the tung oil
... first coat thinned 50% with thinner ... just wipe it on (and wipe
the excess off). Repeat in 24 hours, and repeat THAT as necessary.
After about 3 to 5 coats, you'll start to building a finish. You can
then apply your poly straight until you build the finish you're looking
Just a thought, you may just want to use WaterLox Original Sealer. Tung
Oil base and provides a quick and very good finish. Check this link
for further information.
One thing that will work is to use a large cardboard box and cut a round
hole in it and stick a "hair dryer" in it and dry it this way. You would
have to check it to make sure it doesn't get too hot and burn anything....
Could use it in or out of the house. I have used this method and it works
pretty well.... just be careful and don't use a heat gun but use a cheap
-Just an Idea.
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