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    Default 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.

    Proposed Method
    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 ->
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    but I don't know if it's the same process for veneer.

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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.
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    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!!

    Regards,

    Rob

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

    Regards,

    Rob

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    Sounds good, I'll see what they have to say

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