Teak Oil on Figured Walnut

So I found my bottle of watco teak oil and I decided to apply the initial soak coat of oil. I usually just let the oil pool on top for a bit so it can saturate the wood as much as possible. Then I’ll wipe it off and do the same tomorrow while sanding with a fine grit. This will allow the oil to mix with fine sawdust and clog the pores. Later on after multiple coats I’ll apply a carnauba basalm wax to coat the piece. It will not be glossy but a nice warm satin shine.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. sprocket says:

    Look forard to updates on this fella .

    1. sprocket says:

      Forward .

  2. sprocket says:

    Forgot , did you mixed the Watco Tung Oil as you did with the Tru-Oil finish !

    1. purelojik says:

      For this test im using teak oil (tung based). you can mix it with a cobalt drier to make it cure faster but im not in a rush. For danish oil you can add japan drier. same with tru oil; you can also mix japan drier. Thing is japan drier smells awful and only requires a few drops to a small capful if you are using a small bottle.

      so remember:

      Linseed based oil finishes —>Japan Drier

      Tung Based oil finishes —–> Cobalt Drier

      add a small amount to the bottle you intend to use( i get a clear plastic paint bottle and add whatever finish i want in there THEN add the drier so i dont contaminate the main finish and can add more if i need . Then once you add the drier, apply the finish and it should cure a bit faster. I’ve heard stories of discoloration if you use too much drier but so far i havent personally seen that

  3. sprocket says:

    Thanx for the explinations in there , I m new to these finishes / luthery , I m at the reading/learning stage right now , lots of stuff to learn ! lol

    Keep these coming up !

    As for discoloration matters , does it has more to do with some woods that kind of brownish with time !

    I m also member of some luthier forums as well .

    1. purelojik says:

      im actually not entrely sure what kinda discoloration happens. i’ve just heard that that CAN happen. i’ve used a lot of japan drier and havent seen anything i dont like

  4. sprocket says:

    Will have to do some searching on cobalt & japan dryers , wonder if they re available in Canada . Sometimes it s difficult to have stuff in here .

  5. sprocket says:

    Thanx to your posts here , I ordered some Cobalt & Japan Driers . Should have them in 1 or 2 weeks .

    Lots of stuff to learn in here .

    1. purelojik says:

      awesome! take care though, that stuff smells horrible. use it sparingly at first just so you can see how it works out with the finish test samples.

  6. sprocket says:

    Thanx mate , got some Japan Drier & Tung Oil today , now I need some Cobalt Drier & Boiled Lindseed Oil .

    Also needed are some maple & bubinga scrap practice pieces .

    1. purelojik says:

      awesome! Japan drier works well with the linseed based oils. i used it last time with tru oil. its great. make sure you’re getting the polymerized version, they dry and harden faster. if you get any of the pure oils its just gonna take forever, or so i read, to dry.

  7. sprocket says:

    Thanx buddy ! Would Deft Oil be ok ! I can have it from 1/2 hr from where I live .

    The Tung Oil I got is a pure one , none poly , wonder if it can be cut , I ve got no experience with those , but the seller told me it was a quality product , here s the link to the distributor if it can be of any help : http://artantiquequebec.com/Accueil.htm

    Need to do some more poly research .

    1. purelojik says:

      i’ve heard great things about deft. i only use watco since i have two bottles i never finished. as for the tung oil, i think it’ll be fine, just remember to let each coat dry before you apply the next otherwise the overall cure time will be longer.

  8. sprocket says:

    Here s what s the spex basically , couldn t get the link to work sorry :

    Tung oil is unpolymerized and is all natural drying oil, providing a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant coating. Perfect for furniture, counter tops, interior and exterior wood surfaces. This oil provides a soft lustre with a finish that is unrivalled by many other oils.

    It is a good general-purpose finish and is approved for food-contact items, butcher block, cookware and all food contact wood surface .

    V.O.C. free
    Use for interior finish or extérior finish
    100% natural
    lightly amber color
    This product contains no thinners, chimical product or driers
    Food Safe (approved by Food & Drug Administration )

    Use:

    Once well sanded down with sanding paper grit 100 or 120, the wood to be treated must be perfectly dust-free. The first layer shoulb be generously applied either with palm or a soft no fluffy cloth. 15 to 20 minutes later, scrub all the surface with cloth to take the excess oil away. Careful not to leave traces of oil wet. Let it dry between 24 to 28 hours before applying next layers. Apply two to three layers for decoration works, panelins and mouldings. Most commonly used surfaces require 3 ti 5 layers. Heavly used surfaces, such as tables, chairs and floors, will require 6 or more layers
    ***Tip***

    To accelerate the drying process and considerably improve the penetration rate. Tung oil can be diluated up to 50% minéral spirit or citrus solvent.
    Coverage:

    130 to 220 sq.ft. / qt. depending in the specie of wood.

    Size:

    250 ml / 946 ml / 3,78 / 19 L

    It is a good general-purpose finish and is approved for food-contact items, butcher block, cookware and all food contact wood surface .

    V.O.C. free
    Use for interior finish or extérior finish
    100% natural
    lightly amber color
    This product contains no thinners, chimical product or driers
    Food Safe (approved by Food & Drug Administration )

    Use:

    Once well sanded down with sanding paper grit 100 or 120, the wood to be treated must be perfectly dust-free. The first layer shoulb be generously applied either with palm or a soft no fluffy cloth. 15 to 20 minutes later, scrub all the surface with cloth to take the excess oil away. Careful not to leave traces of oil wet. Let it dry between 24 to 28 hours before applying next layers. Apply two to three layers for decoration works, panelins and mouldings. Most commonly used surfaces require 3 ti 5 layers. Heavly used surfaces, such as tables, chairs and floors, will require 6 or more layers
    ***Tip***

    To accelerate the drying process and considerably improve the penetration rate. Tung oil can be diluated up to 50% minéral spirit or citrus solvent.
    Coverage:

    130 to 220 sq.ft. / qt. depending in the specie of wood.

    Size:

    250 ml / 946 ml / 3,78 / 19 L Tung oil is unpolymerized and is all natural drying oil, providing a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant coating. Perfect for furniture, counter tops, interior and exterior wood surfaces. This oil provides a soft lustre with a finish that is unrivalled by many other oils.

    It is a good general-purpose finish and is approved for food-contact items, butcher block, cookware and all food contact wood surface .

    V.O.C. free
    Use for interior finish or extérior finish
    100% natural
    lightly amber color
    This product contains no thinners, chimical product or driers
    Food Safe (approved by Food & Drug Administration )

    Use:

    Once well sanded down with sanding paper grit 100 or 120, the wood to be treated must be perfectly dust-free. The first layer shoulb be generously applied either with palm or a soft no fluffy cloth. 15 to 20 minutes later, scrub all the surface with cloth to take the excess oil away. Careful not to leave traces of oil wet. Let it dry between 24 to 28 hours before applying next layers. Apply two to three layers for decoration works, panelins and mouldings. Most commonly used surfaces require 3 ti 5 layers. Heavly used surfaces, such as tables, chairs and floors, will require 6 or more layers
    ***Tip***

    To accelerate the drying process and considerably improve the penetration rate. Tung oil can be diluated up to 50% minéral

    1. purelojik says:

      sounds pretty good to me. mineral spirits will thin it so you’ll have to apply more coats. Thats the trade off. either way, play around with the finishes. you wanna be confident about it when you are ready to apply it to your work. sample tests are the way to go. I have a bunch done here and its all fun, each time i learn something new with the same product.

      i remember youtube having some great videos on how to wet sand and polish tung oil to a wonderful sheen. document your process so you can refer to it next time you do it. it always helps

  9. sprocket says:

    Gee , I guess I put it twice , sorry about that mate .

  10. sprocket says:

    Yep , will need to make some experiments , but I should be good , I ll get some practice woods for sure .

    Thanx again for the tricks & tips , always appreciated .

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