What is the difference between linseed oil and tung oil?

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What is the difference between linseed oil and tung oil?

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answered Jun 6 by Yracoony (2,390 points)
The difference between linseed oil and tung oil is that linseed oil has a slight yellow tint, whereas tung oil dries to a clear finish.

Tung oil also creates a harder and more durable finish than linseed oil and Tung oil is more water resistant than linseed oil as well.

Tung oil just like linseed oil is flammable and can spontaneously combust so you must be careful and not leave tung oil or linseed oil soaked rags laying around or they can catch fire.

You can sand between coats of tung oil although you're not required too.

To provide a good waterproof surface you should apply at least 5 coats of tung oil.

Allow the tung oil to penetrate for 20 to 30 minutes then wipe off the excess oil using a clean lint-free cloth.

Allow the tung oil to dry for 24 hours between coats.

Apply further coats of Pure Tung Oil as above, reducing the amount of white spirit used with subsequent coats.

Again allow 24 hours to dry.

You can apply tung oil in the sun but if the sun is too bright it may dry the tung oil too quickly.

Avoid applying the tung oil in really hot sun but if the sun is just shining normally then it's okay to apply the tung oil.

Tung oil dries faster in an area with low humidity.

Getting excess oil on your wood surface will make your tung oil get gummy.

To make your tung oil dry faster, you need to ensure that each coat is dry before applying another.

This will allow the finish to cure totally.

Tung oil is waterproof and applying tung oil to surfaces such as wood can help to repel the water and protect the wood from the water.

Applying tung oil creates a waterproof finish.

Outdoors tung oil lasts around 6 months before you should reapply some more tung oil to protect the surface such as wood.

Tung oil can be used and applied on decks to help protect the deck.

There are many advantages that Pure Tung Oil and Citrus Solvent offer.

If your deck is made of the old arsenic laced pressure treated wood, Pure Tung Oil will seal the chemical into the wood.

Also the Citrus solvent kills bugs and ants that might be hiding in the cracks.

The use of Tung oil to protect wood dates back to around 400 BC as a protective finish for wooden ships and still continues to this day.

Tung oil once applied to a deck or other wood surface lasts for around 6 months before you have to and should reapply the tung oil again.

Pure Tung doesn't go bad but polymerized Tung oil has a specific shelf life.

So regardless of the version of Tung oil, you're using, you will need to schedule regular reapplication of Tung oil –say once every six months.

Tung oil is used as a finish to help protect wood. Woodworkers use it to create a hand-rubbed finish.

It is used on wood furniture, boat decks, flooring, unfinished wood, weathered wood, concrete floors, countertops, stone, bamboo, brick, cabinetry, musical instruments and wood toys.

Tung oil is a great finish for those looking for a close-to-the-grain look and the ability to feel the texture of the wood. In this case, a hard finish like a lacquer or varnish would be a poor choice.

It's also eco-friendly, food-safe, and non-toxic, and it won't turn yellow as it ages.

Tung oil creates a harder, more durable finish than linseed oil.

Tung oil is more water-resistant than linseed oil.

Raw linseed oil takes significantly longer to cure than pure tung oil.

Tung oil is generally more expensive than linseed oil.

You can put Tung oil over stain but only when the stain is completely dry.

You have to apply the Tung oil with a clean lint-free cloth.

Tung oil works on oil-based stains and water-based stains.

Tung oil or China wood oil is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seed from the nut of the tung tree.

The oil and its use are believed to have originated in ancient China and appear in the writings of Confucius from about 400 BC.

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