Month: October 2017

Which Wood Finish Is The Best? Teak Oil Or Tung Oil? Find Here!

teak oil or tung oil

Any form of woodwork looks the best only after applying a coat of wood finish. Oil are always the most sought-after option for wood finish since time immemorial. Oil helps to bring out the fine finish, luster, and essence of woodwork much better than varnishes. Hence, oils are always the most popular wood finish agent. Usually, all these oils are made using natural products and can be easily applied to wood. There are various types of wood oils. Some of the popular ones are teak oil, linseed oil, teak oil, mineral oil and Danish oil. Recently, had displayed the various kinds of oil applied wood finishes.

Out of all the options available, teak oil and Tung oil are undoubtedly the most favored ones. So, which one would be the best option for you? Read on to know about teak oil and Tung oil finishes and make the decision.

Get To Know About Teak Oil
Teak oil would be the ideal choice if your wood is teak, mahogany or rosewood. It works especially well on the dense type of woods. It can be easily applied with a rag or brush. It won’t cause any chips or cracks on the surface of the wood. It even provides UV protection from the harmful rays of the sun and can hence be applied both outdoors and indoors. But it has some disadvantages too. It may affect the real color of the wood in the long run. It will not be able to glue up the wood after its application. It may not have a positive impact on the life of the furniture as well.

Teak oils provide a warm radiating glow to the wood. It is applied in three ways. It can be applied by spraying on the wood surface, wiping over it or by brushing over the wood. The teak oil penetrates well into the wood and creates an exquisite finish. The teak oil gives protection to the wood from deep within and prevents it from chipping or peeling off. It also imparts a hand rubbed and natural look to the wood. It is better to apply teak oil using a lint-free cloth or using a brush. Make sure the furniture is dry and clean before applying the oil.

Get To Know About Tung Oil
Tung oils were originally used for preserving the wooden ships used in ancient China. Tung oils are mainly of two types. They are modified Tung oil and polymerized Tung oil. The Tung oil creates an impermeable layer over the wood by penetrating deep into the wood. Hence, even if water spills on top of the wood, the wood won’t get damaged. It forms as a hardened surface finish and acts as an impermeable layer not only to water but also to various types of acids, dust, and alcohol too. The Tung oil is not toxic and can be safely applied on salad bowls or other wooden crockery pieces. It is a flexible coating that keeps protecting the wood even when it contracts or expands. It can also be applied to wood easily.

Tung oil also has some disadvantages. It takes a long time to dry off and hence can’t be used if you are in a hurry to finish off work. If you are using pure Tung oil, it has low penetration capacity and hence makes the wood vulnerable. It is also very difficult to store. The stored oil gets completely ruined when temperature or light exposure changes.