Waterlox Tung oil products penetrate much better than polyurethane in order to seal wood fibers beneath the surface. Because it is a penetrating finish and can’t peel,” Waterlox performs better on exterior applications, though we do rub on an extra layer every fall just to be safe. Trust me on this, white oak natural is not that attractive unless you use a sealer that will enhance the color and bring out the gold in the wood. Waterlox The Waterlox used with the Waterlox sealer failed fairly early in the testing.
I have one waterbased product I like but it is an oil emulsion so it is more oil finish suspended in water than waterbased. A couple quick passes will do. Remember that the purpose of sanding is to remove scratches from the wood surface to give the wood a nice appearance. Oil finishes penetrate deeply into the wood and slowly harden and strengthen the wood from within which provides protection from water and other spills.
However, the rules for reproductions and collectable furniture restoration are far more flexible allowing a tung oil finish option to provide a functional alternative to shellac often applied over a two thin coats of dewaxed shellac to maintain the distinct finish appearance. Lacquer paints (essentially a tinted, opaque lacquer) are a typical finish for most cabinetry.
It is my favorite indoor finish and I even used it on the douglas fir floors when I refinished it. While the floors held up great, the outdoor work didn’t weather well in all of the areas exposed to a lot of direct sunlight. That’s an easier alternative than stripping off the old, deteriorated varnish and reapplying it whenever that fails, which is what your family is going to need to do now before applying any new finish. I finished my house exterior (cedar barn board and shingle) with Valhalla – LifeTime wood preservative and it’s worked out fine (so far).
Dye doesn’t interfere with the oil, but dewaxed shellac puts a coating over the wood that will prevent the oil from penetrating the wood. Commercial & Institutional – Waterlox finishes have been selected to preserve and enhance the floors of art museums, government offices, visitor centers, restaurants and hotels because, not only do they protect wood exceptionally, but they offer a stunning presentation. These layers form a very effective solvent barrier, and they take the brunt of the day-to-day wear on your floor, since the wood is essentially encased in a clear plastic shell.
Tung oil finishes are the most durable of all wood finishes and strongly enhance the natural beauty of wood. Waterlox Original Sealers & Finishes bring out the beauty in floors, cabinets, countertops, furniture pieces and woodworking projects, while providing premium protection. Laquer is a quick drying finish that is most typical on commercial furniture and cabinets today. Several of us at DeVos Custom Woodworking have this finish on our kitchen island tops and countertops.
Durability – Waterlox tung oil finish is the perfect alternative to polyurethane finishes to preserve pine while revealing its gorgeous color and grain pattern. A scraper is effectively 220 grit sandpaper, but it doesn’t gum up. This technique will get me to a relatively flat surface, as I’m removing finish all the way back to the bare wood, but not the pores. As the Waterlox starts to set up you will remove any bubbles and/or defects as it stats to dry.
I paid particular attention to the information in the Waterlox vids as I am about to start the refinishing of my front door. Maintenance: Re-coating every few years should keep the finish looking fresh, but continues to build the thickness of the film. Color hue change is usually the same as mineral oil on wood species, which is slightly darker than a poly coat finish. It is easy to get a good finish when the directions printed on the label are followed.
Given that it was March, it wasn’t necessarily the best weather to have windows open, but it was necessary both for the odor and for the cross ventilation needed to dry and cure the finish. We will regularly inspect the wood for signs of failure in the finishing system and provide monthly progress reports. If you see a small area beginning to show wear, a spot-coat of Waterlox in that area will blend and seamlessly restore the protection in that area. Waterlox is a tung oil that enhances the natural beauty of the wood and becomes water proof with several coats.
Future reports will also describe other characteristics of the finishes such as ease or difficulty of application, how well it covers the bare wood and glosses out, hiding or disappearing of brushing marks, and whether spraying or brushing is the preferred method. Before Shellac became extremely popular in the 19th century wood finishes were mainly oil and wax. Yet the added resin is not so much that it builds up excessively over the wood grain itself. Waterlox bonds well to itself, so you are not required to abrade the floor between coats unless you are experiencing roughness or grain whiskering. For exterior projects, Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish can be used as a sealer.
In addition, sometimes the Waterlox Original Sealer appears to be startlingly glossy, even though it is advertised as a medium sheen. Depending on wear and usage, this finish will also need to be refreshed over time (typically 5-8 years). I know it has a long complete cure time, but I don’t care it has taken me two years to finish the guitar I’m putting it on. The more I use this the more I like it. 24 hours between coats. In conclusion, for our reclaimed wood countertops and tabletops, we recommend Rubio Monocoat, Waterlox Tung Oil, and in some isolated cases, thick epoxy. I have a brand new cherry wood Lendrum Saxony spinning wheel which must be finished.
VARATHANE Exterior gloss urethane, applied over boards sealed with linseed oil: The finish is not as glossy as when originally applied. Water-based finishes will usually result in excessive grain raising on many species of wood. The current emphasis on more and thicker layers of polyurethane (and other polymer finishes) is creating a generation of wood floors that look more like sheet vinyl. Waterlox vs. Linseed Oil – Waterlox provides deeper penetration to seal wood fibers beneath the surface.
I would assume durability is the most sought after quality of outdoor finishes, so when it comes time to choose a finish for my outdoor projects, that is what I will be shooting for. Customer can also easily apply Waterlox® as a normal maintenance finish just by simply applying a small amount on a paper towel and hand polishing in the Waterlox® (small amounts and more applications are better to accomplish a true hand rubbed finish). The finish depends on what you’re trying to achieve and what you can apply successfully.
Waterlox permeates wood surfaces and becomes part of the wood itself to resist moisture, dirt, household chemicals, alcoholic beverages, heat and cold and to provide an unprecedented finish. No finish looks good after 19 years without maintenance, but when I sanded off the flakings bits this year to see if the table (or at least the wood) could be salvaged, the wood beneath was still undamaged. I didn’t think I needed it because the wood wasn’t soft but the stain soaked in so unevenly and looked pretty awful.
I really, really liked how 3 coats of Waterlox Original + 1 coat of Waterlox Satin turned out. I sent a nice note to Waterlox with a link to this thread – hopefully they’ll weigh in. This finish can be reapplied by the home owner or you may prefer to have it done by a professional. I’m not that familiar with the line so they could very well have something that I’d like as much as Waterlox. Yeah, takes awhile to build the finish – but I really like the way it comes out.
If you are looking for a nice grain effect and a good easy to apply finish I would suggest 1 liberal coat of BLO (boiled linseed oil) applied with a brush and then wiped off twice at 15 minute intervals. I have read this thread multiple times, and each time I convince myself of a different method of finish. Since the island in the Underdog will act as our everyday dining table and be the hub of the house, we wanted a finish that would be more like a tabletop. Waterlox Sealer/Finish is 80% Tung Oil , and gives a natural low film look to the wood. Waterlox has good heat resistance; however, avoid placing hot pots or pans directly on the finish.
Get a piece of similar wood and try applying the treatment you are thinking about. Essentially, tung oil works by seeping into the wood and hardening, which, on a floor, allows the wood grain itself to take the wear of foot traffic. Honestly, I prefer the lighter look of the oiled countertop to the darker Waterloxed countertop but with all of the other advantages of Waterlox (no more oil spots on stray kitchen papers, no more monthly maintenance, and better water resistance) it was the way to go for us. The finish seals wood fibers beneath the surface and will not chip, peel, or crack.