18th Jul 2019, 10:46 AM #1
Can someone check the method for my application for tung oil onto veneer?
I have 0.6mm thick Brushbox veneer (Brush Box (Quarter-cut)) adhered onto MDF and I'd like to get a smooth matte finish (as close to looking like natural wood as possible). I considered using boiled linseed oil, but I prefer to not have the veneer change colour over time.
1. Mix 50/50 turpentine and pure tung oil and brush it onto the veneer. Wipe off any excess oil. Leave for 1 hour
2. Mix in more pure tung oil into the diluted mixture until it's about 1:2 turpentine and tung oil. Brush, wipe off excess, then leave for 1 hour.
3. Brush on pure tung oil, wipe off excess, then leave for 24 hours.
4. Wipe off any excess oil with a dry rag/cloth and leave for 1 week to cure.
I'm basically following this method ->
but I don't know if it's the same process for veneer.
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18th Jul 2019, 04:06 PM #2The Livos lady
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It may be worthwhile to test on an offcut first as you don't want deep penetration otherwise you may be faced with delamination.Livos Australia
18th Jul 2019, 08:56 PM #3
Is there any reason why you can't just use the Tung oil straight? Have you thought of sanding with High grit discs? (400-800g) Admittedly that will probably give you a semi gloss finish. I would think that using straight oil as a wipe on wipe off application should give you the look you want. But whatever, do as Angela says, test it on a scrap piece of veneer first!!
19th Jul 2019, 01:08 AM #4
Yes, I definitely intend to experiment, but I wanted to know if there was any method that someone knows that works for veneer. I don't want to do much experimentation, but I'm happy to do a little to make sure what I'm doing is correct.
19th Jul 2019, 01:10 AM #5
I'm honestly just going off the youtube video I linked. He says that it helps the tung oil penetrate, but I guess that's something I don't really want since my veneer is 0.6mm thick.
19th Jul 2019, 07:50 AM #6
What about giving Organoil ( or a vendor of Tung Oil, I say Organoil because they produce their Tung Oil product in Australia) and ask them what they recommend for you?
19th Jul 2019, 10:59 AM #7
Sounds good, I'll see what they have to say
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