Tung Oil and color
Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:49 PM
I would assume you would stain it first, that is how you do furniture and I see no reason this would be different. I don't see the stain soaking in oiled wood.
BUT, never take anyone's word without testing it unless you really trust them! Since I have not oiled over stain I would test it before I dared do it one of my boats.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:35 PM
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:24 PM
This said, oil finishes, even those darkened with tar just absolutely suck at most things: such as waterproofness, UV resistance, gloss retention, etc. or in general, all the things we expect from a clear finish. I completely agree with Dave in that you need a good alkyd or polyurethane finish. Even the new acrylics are far better then the oils.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 05:35 PM
I didn't put any stain on my boat. I used a polymerized tung oil on cedar which I thinned with a citrus solvent 1:1 for the first coat. After 4 coats the wood turned pretty dark on its own, and there was no blotching. I'm okay with the way it looks. I probably should have put on more coats, but I didn't. I think on my next boat I'll just use a polyurethane, which will be pretty quick and easy and because I ran out of tung
Now if I could only get back to the shop to get the painting done. All this real life stuff keeps getting the way of the important things in life... like building a boat.
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