DIY Message Boards
tung oil finishing

This topic can be found at:

Oct 16, 2013, 08:31 AM
tung oil finishing
I want to finished some "turned" legs with tung oil. I will not be able to completely stay with the grain when rubbing in the tung oil or if I have to do any sanding. Have already done the table top with tung oil and love it. The legs have such a beautiful grain I want to use the same product. Does anyone have any helpful hints?
Oct 16, 2013, 06:23 PM
I hate to rain on your parade, but, I finished a grandfather clock that I had made with Homer Formby's tung oil finish. It looked great for several years, then I noticed that it seemed to be growing hair. What it was is the tung oil had gotten sticky and holding the dust that fell on it. I had to strip all the finish off and I refinished it by spraying a water base poly matte finish on it. It looks as good as it did when the tung oil was new.
Hopefully, you won't have the same problem
Oct 17, 2013, 05:01 PM
can't find any tung oil around here.

the bad thing about tung, as with Danish oil finish, is that you WILL have to come back every year or two and clean and refinish it. the folks did raw linseed oil on all the white oak woodwork, and it was a springtime ritual to go over it with Scott's Liquid Gold, which was rare for a while but is back in many outlets.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?