minwax tung oil

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  1. Dave Fritz

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    Thanks to this site I now realize Min-wax tung oil contains no tung oil. I'm wondering how many coats those that use it put on. I'm curious specifically about utility items like ice cream scoops and other kitchen items that will be handled a great deal.

    Has anyone used popularized tung oil and if so how did you like it. I understand it dries quicker than pure tung oil.
     
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    OK, this had me confused for a bit until I figured that you had misspelled "polymerized". Partially polymerized tung oil is something that I have no experience using, but it almost sounds like weasel words for tung oil that is on the verge of going bad. For certain, partially polymerized tung oil has a shorter shelf life than pure tung oil. I like tung oil and use it occasionally. Tung oil is fine for kitchen use, but I prefer walnut oil primarily because walnut oil has the least effect on darkening wood. Here is a good article about tung oil in Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement magazine. The finishing recommendation in the article is oriented towards furniture finishing and I think that most woodturners would consider it excessive. I like an oil finish to have a matte finish so I use only one coat or at most two coats. While the article is about debunking myths, they seem to be propagating at least one ... the need to sand between coats. Unless you wait until a coat has cured hard then there is no need to sand before the second coat is applied. And, like I mentioned, I like to use oil when I want a a matte finish. The process described in the article looks like it is aimed at developing a film finish.
     
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    I'll have to print that one in order to be able to read it. Legal fine print on a textured background. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have not heard of polymerized tung oil, but do use pure tung oil. It should be diluted with terpentine or mineral spirits 50/50 for the first couple coats. then you can apply full strength "if" you want to. I usually apply 6-8 coats of the thinned and sometimes the last 2 of those full . Is best used on porous woods like oaks and pecan if you want to get a build up. If you do not want a build just 1-2 coats and stop.
     
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  7. Dave Fritz

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    Sorry about the spelling mistake, sort of a key word.
     
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    Dave I use Minwax Tung oil. It is a good finish for bowls, if you want a shine do 3 or 4 coats wiped on. I suggest you Goggle ( Keith Burns ten minute finish). I have done it on cherry bowls and some people really like it. I keep some around in case I need a quick finish.
     
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    Yep, I just hate that!! So often, people either don't look at their own web pages, or let glitzy over-ride end-user comfort in designing their web pages.
     
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    Well, that that style was very popular ... about twenty years ago ... textured backgrounds, scrolling text, flashing buttons, background music, and animated cartoon characters dancing across the screen. My senior citizen friends who dutifully forward every email that they receive are always making sure that I don't miss seeing links to "entertaining" web sites. It won't be many more years before I will officially be old enough to join in with them in this activity. :D
     
  11. Harold Adams

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    I use minwax tung oil for all my decorative turnings. Sand to 400 then coat, sand 600 then coat, sand 800 then coat sand1000, then coat sand 1200, if need more coats coat and sand 1200, otherwise buff tripoli and white diamond.
    Minwax tung oil is and oil akalyd varnish blend which is thin and is called a wiping varnish. I get a phenominal amount of comments as to the smoothness and softness of my finished turnings. As far ad drying times as long as I get good air I can put a coat on in the morning and recoat in the late afternoon or evening. Otherwise I do a once a day. My process gives a soft gloss not a hard gloss like a car finish.

    However, When I am using something for the kitchen I use mineral oil and instruct the purchases to never use dishwasher, quick hand wash and instantly towel dry. Then wipe on some mineral oil every once in a while.
     
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    In Firefox, choose "Edit" Select All, Right click Copy. Open Notepad and paste. Save As, or not.
     

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