Which solvent/thinner should I use to thin tung oil. Naptha,
Turpentine, Mineral spirits, Citrus Solvent (D-Limonene), OTHER? The
recipe that I like best contains 40% to 80% thinner/solvent.
Therefore, the characteristics of the thinner are much more important
that they would be if you were just adding a few ounces to thin out a
The characteristics I am looking for in a thinner/solvent are as
*The thinner dries out completely in a reasonable amount of time and
does not leave any oil or residue.
If any oil or residue is left by the thinner will the oil or residue
harden or will it leave the floor oily/gummy/tacky/sticky/damp - and
trap dirt and dust?
*The thinner should be Non Yellowing with time
Low or no odor - using on floors & large areas not just a little
*Compatible with tung oil
Please let me know what thinners would be good or bad for this
PROS AND CONS AS I SEE THEM (and PLEASE correct me where I am wrong)
The MINERAL SPIRITS I am currently using(high quality from a great
local paint store- NOT from Home Cheapo) dries too slowly and they
offgass a mineral spirit odor for days, they also leave an oily
residue or don't completely dry/evaporate even after several days.
CITRUS SOLVENT(D-LIMONENE) would be my first choice if I could get the
same results as the other thinners. I would rather use the citrus
solvent for offgass, smell, health and environmental reasons. I have
never used it anyone tried it? I heard it could yellow or gum up?
TURPENTINE may be a good choice. Although the turpentine may have a
stronger smell, the smell is less offensive then mineral spirits
because after a few days it leaves the floor smelling like they have
been cleaned with a pine cleaner like pine-sol rather than smelling
like mineral spirits. Does turpentine yellow? It seems to
dry/evaporate better than mineral spirits.
NAPHTHA seems like it may work the best. It may be a good vehicle to
get the tung oil deep into the wood quickly and then the naphtha would
quickly evaporate leaving very little to no residue or oil behind.
Smell would be the worst and overpowering but it would dry out quickly
and the naphtha smell should leave in just a few days. Does it dry
I know the grades of these solvents/thinners vary but I for comparison
purposes I assume average or above average from a quality paint store
or a reputable brand.