Claire Corlett

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How to Apply Pure Tung Oil to Wood (the right way)

How to Apply Pure Tung Oil to Wood (the right way)

Today I am going to show you how to do a 100%
pure tung oil finish the right way. So the first thing you are going to do is
you are going to dilute the first coat. To make sure this tung oil doesn’t go bad,
just squeeze the air bubbles out. Like this guy right here we don’t want him
in there. So I’m going to let him come out. There he is! And bam! I’m going to dilute it, you can use mineral
spirits, I’m using turpentine because I’m hardcore like that I guess, right now anyway,
that’s what I have. And you dilute it 1:1, and you can eyeball
it, it’s ok, you can eyeball it. Boom, that’s about it. I can tell you right now, just for what I
am using this for right now tonight, that’s way too much. Stir it up so it’s not milky, it will mix
together pretty good, and now it’s just a thin tung oil. Now I know a lot of people want to use pure
tung oil, first coat really needs to be thinned, if you don’t want to use turpentine or mineral
spirits, and you are really trying to be as green as possible, you should use something
like pure orange oil, or something like that. I’ll put links in the description. Anyway…and now you are just going to need
a rag and paper towels. For my first coat, you just put it on heavy
and rub it into the surface, it soaks right into the wood like everyone talks about. Yeah, of course, the wood is all dried out. And so you just work this into the wood and
I am going to do it to the whole piece real quick. Thinning out the first coat will make sure
you get deeper into the wood and if you don’t, I have done both, but I just want that added
protection of thinning it out first. And I end up doing three whole coats. This is a really dense wood this is purple
heart wood. This guy is super dense and if you started
the first coat without thinning it, good luck getting into this grain cause this guy…I
guess you could treat it as a one and done, (laughs)without diluting it, but it
wouldn’t get very deep into the wood. Parts of the grain are soaking up tung oil
faster than other parts, so what you want to do is you want to come back around, just
rub a little more on, and then give it a minute, basically while you are working on this, to
soak in. So I am going to leave that one alone while
I work on this other guy, and that will give me just enough time to let it all soak in
in there, and we can get this guy done. And now we are going to let this guy sit here
for a little bit, I have them both covered really well. So they are soaking up the oil. The grain is taking it all in. There is some real nice figure that’s popping
right now. I will have to show it to you. I’m done with this, I’m going to cap this
off, now this I am not planning on keeping long term, this jar, so I’m not going to disperse
the air, with marbles or anything like that. Now I am just wiping off all the excess oil. See it’s all oily, and I am wiping that all
off completely. You can see some of the figure right here. Curly. I wasn’t trying to get curly purpleheart,
but a lot of it comes that way. Huge, monstrous trees. So I am just going to wipe down the face of
it and the side of it one last time real quick before I leave it alone. One last quick wipe down..ok, now I am going
to leave it alone for an hour. Then we’ll come back. It is an hour later, and now I’m going to
add more tung oil to the diluted tung oil without making too big of a mess. Going to close it up the same way as before. Now it’s still diluted, but it’s going to
be thicker now. Ok, one more hour. On the last coat, new cloth, pure tung oil,
undiluted. This stuff is like a thick syrup going on
now. It is the next day, and you can see some places,
this is the only spot I really found where it looks wet, like it pushed the oil out,
what will happen is it will sweat some of the oil out. So what you are going to do is just wipe it
off with a paper towel. Then if you do this, you are set, now you
just got to let it cure, but that’s it. That’s all there is to it. This is what they look like after a week of
curing, they are dry now, there isn’t any wet spots, it’s not sweating tung oil anymore,
and they are ready for art. And that’s the way I do a pure tung oil finish.

100 comments on “How to Apply Pure Tung Oil to Wood (the right way)

  1. Thanks for the vid.. it was a great help…………. Is there anyway you can get rid of that annoying music

  2. For the love of any god your respect, no ^%$&* trancey jive music competing with narration in a technical video. This is the absolute bane of youtube tech vids in our moment. If you read this and you are thinking about how cool it will sound to dancersize your tech video: for ^%$&*'s sake don't.

  3. Thanks for the dilution tip. The music was a bit loud but it was enjoyable. I have a Cherry wood project that is aged with baking soda and a "traditional cherry" stain wiped on and then off after a minute. Now comes the tung oil to match the original tv cabinet color. BTW – it has been years since I used turpentine but I have a can of it so here goes. Cheers.

  4. Are these like kitchen paper towels or like a dense shop paper towel? Just wondering about pieces of it getting stuck in the finish

  5. I've been given 1" thick slabs of tulip wood with the bark on that I'll be using for shelving. The person that gave it to me suggested using valoil on it but it's no longer available. My experience with finishing wood is nothing more than moldings and doors. Any suggestions? I'd like to try to preserve the bark and bring out the grain. Water won't be an issue. The slabs are probably at least 3 years old and the bark is intact.

  6. What's the difference between, tung oil, boiled linseed oil (aka TruOil) and danish oil? Which is the most color neutral?

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Such an easy and doable demonstration. Exactly what I was looking for! Aaannnddd…a 4th thank you!;-)

    I subscribed to your channel! Keep on helping!:-)

  8. In minute 1:15, you mention being "Green" by skipping Turpentine. Why? If 1 uses the turpentine purchased at the box stores, but 100% Pine Gum Spirits Pure Turpentine is a 100% plant based solvent, safe just like Orange Oil or the active ingredient D–Limonene. So, your Turpentine is NOT green, but Diamond G Forest Products produces 100% petroleum free Turp, which bc it being an organic substance is broken down in the soil by microorganisms; unlike Petroleum Turp!

  9. I have a slight hearing impairment and heard every word said. And that that was said was extremely helpful to a newbie like myself, thank you.

  10. Can this be applied to plywood? And how much maintinence is required? Meaning do i have to apply this every month since it's not a poly?

  11. ALL tung oil one buys today is polymerized, so steps 1 and 2 are not necessary. The only place to get pure rung oil is China. However,, if this works for you great.

  12. At risk of contradicting everyone else, I quite liked the background music. Great tutorial. Something I needed since I just picked up woodworking again after 12 years.

  13. Nice job, thx. i dont know why people complained about the music, It wasnt over powering your narration and was quite enjoyable.

  14. Thanks for the information, great video I know now what I have been doing wrong. Will this finish keep the purple heart from turning dark, I have been using a clear finish on purple heart and it works to a point but I have been looking for something better and I think the tinfoil will work better.

  15. Definitely want to start by thinning it. Turpentine will slow down the drying process, mineral spirits used- it will dry faster.

  16. Yes no background music, it is not needed and very distracting. I didn't come here to listen to music especially when it's not my taste in tunes. No offense, otherwise good video.

  17. Thank God For That!

    Later fellers!

  18. Wrong. The moment you put the paint thinner in there, you made it varnish. Tung oil and linseed oil dont need any thinning agent or anything added to them, its as simple as apply, wipe, let sit and sand between every application for tung oil or once for linseed oil. Why you would buy 100% tung oil just to dilute it is beyond me, might as well buy something pre mixed.

  19. Very good instructions, although I suggest for very tight grained hardwoods that a 1:1:1 tung oil:turpentine:mineral spirits be used for the first coat, then proceed as you did here. Japan Drier added sparingly will speed tung oil curing for all coats. Add a small quantity of pine tar (sourced from equine suppliers) to enhance anti-microbial properties. Note that a distinct pine smell will be temporarily noticeable from the finished piece, and it can slightly darken the finish, so test before applying.

  20. The right way??? The key to applying ting oil is work ALL coats into the wood! Read the directions, most makers state this on the can. The Chinese and the Japanese have been applying ting oil this way!

  21. Also, would Tung oil resist paint splatters, can I use it on a wood painter's easel? Or would another oil be better?

  22. The music is very distracting. If you're going to use BG music, at least make it instrumental. And about about half the volume it is here.

  23. Tung-Oil or Boiled Lin Seed applications are the same cut first few coats then a 100% pending coats is relative of durability/shine. Tru Oil man that is some good stuff also.

  24. I like the music. I don’t see why it is so distracting, this is about as basic as you can get. If you couldn’t understand because of the music, I feel bad for you. My 7 year old child could comprehend and carry this out. (And no I don’t give my kid turpentine)

  25. If I wanted a music video, I would have watched a music video. Vocal music is especially distracting when presenting techniques where we need to hear your voice clearly.

  26. Hello!
    I'm about to use 100% tung oil on my stair case and I've also read the description below the video. Is Orange Oil the same as citrus cleaner or Pure Cold Pressed ORANGE OIL on Amazon? Thanks!

  27. You can also put water in the bottle to remove the air at the top. It will sink. Enjoyed the second song. Speaks to the true nature of how women approach relationships.

  28. I liked the music, it was low volume and relaxing. I let my tung oil sit for 3 or 4 hours before I wipe it off.

  29. Ive never worked with wood but wanting to do some diy stuff using the pre sliced wood ornaments. They all suggest using tung oil to care for the wood pieces. For this kind of situation do I dilute the oil? I also see spray tung oil available. Is it best to brush on with paint brush, rub on with a cloth, or spray on? Diluted or straight? The wood pieces vary in size from 2.0 in.-3 1/2in.

  30. Beautiful wood, I love purple heart. I just did a video using linseed oilbon a small trailer, no where near asnice as the purple heart.

  31. Question. at all of this. If I'm making an outdoor table. To I stain first then use the tung oil? If so, after the tung oil am I able to apply polyurethane as well?

  32. For a rough simple finish thats fine but for a smooth beautiful wood grain finish there are a lot more steps to tung oil.

  33. Is that wood stained? I'm wondering about using tung oil to finish after using a wood stain. Seems that a water-based wood stain would be okay in this regard. Any insight on this? Also, I recently did apply non-diluted tung oil to a previously unfinished guitar neck. Seems like it came out really beautiful but it's only been about 24 hours. It's hard maple. As you recommend diluting it first I'm wondering, is there some problem that I many have by not thinning first, and also if I go back now and reapply with thinned tung oil will that help? Thanks a bunch.

  34. Great video….. But…. How do you work with tools and chemicals and arrrh arrh more tools with that awful music. Thanks for the tung oil advice!

  35. Hope I got the jist by 3:18 because I can't take that loud music a second longer. I guess you thought it went well with finishing wood?! It didn't.

  36. Thanks for the tips. What art? The frames are art! Oh, and you might try the bottle photographers use for their darkroom chemicals, not sheep but they make finishes last forever.

  37. a large top 2'x5'+,legs,2, spreader bar, tusk tenon, a table that breaks down for storage or transport. I am finding from experience that sanding, no mater how slight, even rubbing with abrasive pads, changes the finish significantly, an it cant be reversed. Oh well, liv a little… I may strip it some day but mean time I'm starting model B with better case work.

  38. Because pine is less dense, is diluting it as necessary? Or is Tung oil on pine wood essentially polishing a turd? (Looking to protect a dining table, but trying to avoid poly).

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