The tung trees of China which offer tung oil are popular all over the world. These days, tung oil is also produced in Argentina, Africa and Paraguay. Tung oil, which contains polyunsaturated fats, is obtained by pressing the tung seeds.
Tung oil finish helps prevent rusting of the tin cans, containers, steel machine parts and cars. It is used to insulate electrical devices. It is used as a dryer in paints and varnishes. Various manufacturing industries use tung oil for different purposes as it is non-toxic and it protects molding.
Tung Oil Coat: Tips
Applying tung oil to floor or furniture is very easy. No professional help is needed for this. Applying tung oil to furniture is a time-consuming job; So, here are some tips to get it done easily.
- Apply first layer of tung oil to the surface of your wood furniture.
- Scrub the surface with sandpaper after application.
- Clean the surface with a soft cloth.
- Let it dry. The oil may take seven-eight hours to dry.
- Again apply a thick coat of tung oil to the surface.
- You may apply tung oil multiple times till you are satisfied with the outcome.
- The last coat being a thick coat may take about 2-3 days to dry.
Tung Oil Coat on Floors
Pure tung oil has a slight golden tint. Pure tung oil helps get a tough, anti-rust, highly water-resistant finish when applied to floors. Linseed oil finish generally darkens with time but tung oil when used for finishing does not affect the original color of the wooden floor.
You know that it gives a shiny finishing touch to classic wooden furniture. The oil finish is beneficial outdoors too, because of its anti-wear and anti-resistant properties. Tung oil protects the wood from moisture as it penetrates easily into the pores of wood.
So, the oil is best for wooden floors when used for finishing touch. As tung oil is alkali and waterproof, it is used as a seal on the outer surface of shipping vessels. Tung oil combined with naphtha is used on granite and marble to make them lustrous.
Another benefit of this solution is that it permanently seals the surface. Kitchen countertops are usually coated with a layer of this solution. Tung oil is thus used for kitchen and bathroom tiles. The main property of tung oil is that it gives the surface a 'wet look'.
Other oils used for such purposes are linseed oil, soy oil and paraffin which do not dry completely and are so unable to give you a durable double coat on the wood. Tung oil dries completely and hence a coat is more durable. When you apply it to the floor, the oil comes in contact with the air and forms a clean and clear but tough layer on the wood.
Tung oil repairs small scratches on wood by filling up the gaps and giving back the wood a smooth finish. Application of tung oil makes the floors or wood very strong. It protects the wood or flooring from wear and tear and prevents them from cracking or leaking. It is now clear why tung oil is used for wooden floors, kitchen tables, chopping blocks, etc.
Tung oil has long shelf life. You should always store it in an airtight container. It has been observed that more and more industries and craftsmen have started applying a final coat of tung oil to wood, granite, marble, steel, etc. Before applying tung oil to any surface, just check whether you have allergy to the nuts or nutty odor of tung oil.
Tung oil works like a waterproofing agent or anti-rusting substance. It protects the furniture from mildew too. Maintaining tung oil finish is quite easy as light stains and scratches on the finish can be removed by lightly sanding the wood and then, applying a thin layer of tung oil.
A final coat of tung oil is considered as a great wood finish; as it makes your furniture look new and elegant. The finish can increase the value and life of your furniture.