▫ Tung Oil is a hard drying wood oil that provides a lustrous and beautiful finish. It resists marring, penetrates well, and is environmentally friendly. Our tung oil is 100% pure and of the highest quality you’ll find. It’s all-natural, food safe, and creates a matte finish. FDA approved for food contact.
▫ The Tung Oil offered by Real Milk Paint is a 100% pure oil meaning it comes without any heavy metals, additives, or distillates. Most other oils can be anything from a thinned down varnish to polymerized tung, and most have petroleum distillates added. Ours will not build a gloss finish or heavy finish but will penetrate deeply into the wood to enhance character and water resistance while creating a great wood finish.
▫ This makes our pure tung oil perfect for uses such as wood counter tops, bowls, butcher blocks, cutting boards, chopping blocks, outdoor furniture, decks, wood siding, wood flooring, concrete, brick and just about any porous surface that needs an environmentally friendly product.
▫ We guarantee our Tung Oil is ASTM Quality Tested to be light in color with the highest amount of reactive sites to ensure drying and a great wood finish. We use only the freshest, highest quality product. All of our oils are “fresh” pumped from a drum just before shipping. Continue below for more information on Pure Tung Oil, including advantages, properties and characteristics, and in-depth directions for use.
▫ Zero VOC’s
▫ All Natural means “Green”
▫ Freshness Guaranteed (fresh pumped daily)!
▫ Best Available, Grade 1 yellow
▫ Naturally polymerizing finish
▫ Cures by oxidation, not evaporation
▫ Does not form a glossy finish no matter the number of coats
▫ Form a flexible waterproof finish
▫ Resists abrasion and acids
▫ Does not blister and peel (properly applied)
▫ Does not mold like linseed oil
▫ Long shelf life (will last for years, properly sealed)
▫ Does not darken with time like linseed oil
▫ Concentrated (thin one to one, doubles the coverage)
▫ Combined with “Citrus Solvent” makes an all-natural finish
▫ FDA approved for food contact ▫ Does not go rancid
▫ 7 to 10 days partial cure, 15 to 30 days full cure ♡ Properties and Characteristics
▫ All natural finish that is water and alkali resistant and offers a protective barrier.
▫ Will not darken with age as other finishes will.
▫ It resists marring, penetrates well, elastic and unlikely to check.
▫ It builds quickly, consolidates the wood surface, and builds a transparent matte finish.
▫ It will not mildew or bleed like linseed oil when dry which makes it an excellent candidate for outdoor finishes.
▫ It should be kept in an airtight container with minimum airspace.
▫ It contains no thinners or driers and has a light nutty odor.
▫ A Pure Tung Oil finish mixed with Citrus Solvent is an all-natural organic finish that is environmentally safe and food safe.
▫ Sample oz. covers 1 sq. foot
▫ 8 oz. covers 25 sq. feet ▫ 16 oz. covers 50 sq. feet
▫ 32 oz. covers 100 sq. feet
▫ Gallon covers 400 sq. feet
▫ Example: One Gallon would cover 400 sq. feet one time.
♡ Directions for Use
▫ There are four phases when it comes to using Pure Tung Oil for your projects. - Preparation - Application - Curing - Maintenance
▫ Be sure the surface of your project is free of dust, debris, or grime.
▫ Check to see if the surface is porous. (Pure Tung Oil works by absorbing into the material and filling the open pores. Therefore, if your material is not porous, it will not accept Pure Tung Oil. To test if your surface is porous or not, place a small amount of water on the surface. If the water absorbs, it is porous. If it does not and beads on the surface, you may need to sand and/or strip the surface.)
▫ If you need to sand your surface, we recommend not going above 220 grit sandpaper. Too high of a sandpaper grit will “polish” the surface, hindering proper absorption of Pure Tung Oil.
▫ If stripping your surface is needed, we recommend using Soy Gel: Paint and Urethane Stripper.
▫ If you are looking for a darker color finish, take a look at our Dark Tung Oil.
▫ We recommend using water or alcohol-based stains on the wood before the Pure Tung Oil is applied. Most oil-based stains should be avoided as they tend to seal the wood and prevent absorption of the Pure Tung Oil.
▫ Quick Tip: DO NOT use a wood conditioner. This will seal the wood and prevent the tung oil from absorbing.
▫ You can thin Pure Tung Oil with a variety of thinners. If you are doing a project where you want to use natural, food contact safe products, try Citrus Solvent. NOTE: Most projects DO require this thinning. Only very old, dry wood or concrete tend to use unthinned Pure Tung Oil.
▫ Don’t want to deal with the hassle of thinning it yourself? Look no further than our Half & Half! Pre-mixed Pure Tung Oil and Citrus Solvent mean you can use it right from the bottle without any mixing!
▫ When applying thinned Pure Tung Oil, here’s a handy thing to remember: Apply, Absorb, Repeat or Remove Apply – Apply the Pure Tung Oil to the surface. Absorb – Let the Pure Tung Oil absorb into the material. Repeat – Do what you just did, apply the oil and let it absorb. Remove – When the oil isn’t absorbing and pooling on the surface, remove it with a rag. Cure – Let the Pure Tung Oil go through its natural curing process.
▫ For the best results, you want to saturate the material with the tung oil to the point where a majority of the surface is no longer absorbing the oil. This will look like puddles on the surface even after waiting 40 minutes. Just like a sponge, the wood (or other porous surfaces) will only absorb so much oil before it can’t anymore. This saturation is achieved by doing multiple coats.
▫ You can apply Pure Tung Oil with a brush, rag, roller, or even a pump sprayer depending on your project and needs. We recommend brushes and/or foam rollers for most projects.
▫ Apply a generous first coat.
▫ Let the tung oil absorb into the surface, waiting if needed, up to 40 minutes.
▫ Apply another coat, let it absorb, and repeat the previous steps.
▫ Continue this process until you reach the desired amount of coats or have fully saturated the wood. You can tell the wood is saturated when the oil puddles on the surface and no longer absorbs oil across a majority of the surface. To be sure, wait 40 minutes. If the oil is still puddling, then you will know the surface is saturated.
▫ Taking a clean rag or cloth, remove any excess tung oil that is puddling or pooling on the surface.
▫ Hang those oil-soaked rags outdoors to dry. DO NOT pile the rags or put them in a container.
▫ For the best finish, we recommend letting this application rest and settle overnight. The following day, apply one or two more coats of Tung Oil to the surface of your project, following the same steps outlined above.
▫ Pure Tung Oil does not contain any additives to speed the drying process, such as heavy metallic dryers. Because of this, it can take up to 30 days to completely/thoroughly cure by its natural polymerization process. Provided below are some guidelines to follow during the curing phase.
▫ Pure Tung Oil cures best in warm, well-ventilated places. The warmer and more ventilated the area, the faster it will cure.
▫ Placing objects on the surface will “suffocate” and prevent the Pure Tung Oil from curing properly. If there is no airflow between the surface and the object, it should be removed until the curing is complete (30 days).
▫ During the first 7-15 days of curing, you can use the surface. However, you will want to avoid getting it dirty or allowing liquids to puddle on the surface.
▫ As the Pure Tung Oil cures, its durability and resistance to liquids and dirt will also increase. The first 7-15 days is when the oil is at its freshest and weakest state. After that point, increased regular use of the surface can take place.
▫ As Pure Tung Oil cures, it slightly expands and may push fresh oil back to the surface. Check for oil that may be seeping to the surface and remove it, if found, with a rag.