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Applying a Tung Oil Topcoat Instructions

  • Applying a Tung Oil Topcoat

    Applying a tung-oil based topcoat over an oil-based stain, you will get a clear, hand-rubbed "antique" finish rather than the shiny or satin sheen of varnishes. Tung oil is easy to apply, but it does require some maintenance after a couple years. Therefore, it isn’t recommended for high use furniture. Because this is an oil-based finish, it creates some fumes and therefore you should work in a well-ventilated area and wear eye protection.Applying a tung-oil based topcoat over an oil-based stain, you will get a clear, hand-rubbed "antique" finish rather than the shiny or satin sheen of varnishes. Tung oil is easy to apply, but it does require some maintenance after a couple years. Therefore, it isn’t recommended for high use furniture. Because this is an oil-based finish, it creates some fumes and therefore you should work in a well-ventilated area and wear eye protection.

  • Overview

    The basic steps to completing this project are to first, sand and clean your oil-stained piece. Next, apply tung-oil to the detail areas and work section by section. You will then need to reapply the tung-oil, and finally clean up and admire your work.

  • Preparing for Tung Oil Topcoat

    Start with an oil stained wood furniture piece. Refer to the tutorials on removing old finishes, bleaching old stains, and applying new stains. Place your project piece on a drop cloth for protection.

  • Preparing for Tung Oil Topcoat

    Gently sand the wood in the direction of the wood grain with extra-fine sandpaper. Next, brush away all of the dust with a small clean paintbrush. Pay particular attention to the joints, grooves and detail areas. Finally, wipe the piece with a clean damp cloth.

  • Preparing for Tung Oil Topcoat

    Turn the unopened can of tung oil upside down and vigorously shake it for several minutes. You may need to recap the container tightly and re-blend by shaking the contents a few times throughout this process, especially if you are working on a large piece.

  • Applying the Tung Oil

    Pour a small amount of tung-oil into a shallow pan. Use a small paintbrush and apply it to the joints, grooves and detail areas, such as chair legs, claw feet, and beveled tabletop edges.

  • Applying the Tung Oil

    Fold a lint-free cotton rag into a square and dampen one corner of it with the oil. Rub the oiled cloth over the rest of the area near the joints, grooves and detail areas, blending the finish as you go and moving out to the flatter areas. Work in sections, completing one section before moving onto the next.

  • Finishing

    Once you have oiled the entire piece, allow it to dry overnight. In the meantime, you should clean your brush and any splatters using paint thinner.

  • Finishing

    After the finish has dried thoroughly, sand it with ultra-fine grade steel wool. Remove any sanding dust from the piece with a damp cloth.

    Then, reapply two more coats of tung-oil to give your piece a deep, rich coat. Sand the piece between each coat with steel wool and remove the dust with a damp cloth. Allow each coat to dry overnight or longer, if needed.

  • Finishing

    To be sure that the piece is dry before sanding and reapplying tung-oil, touch the surface with your fingertips. If it feels dry, you're ready to move forward. If it feels even slightly tacky, give the piece more time to dry.

    Properly discard rags, gloves and any used paint thinner, and properly store the unused finish and paint thinner in a cool place.

 

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