Apart from that, tung oil is totally eco-friendly and non-toxic. It takes 4 – 6 coats on new, very porous woods like cedar. Apply a small amount of oil to the cloth then apply by … Protecting exterior wood decks is an age-old challenge that does not have one simple solution. Tung oil isn’t the best in my opinion. Mainly b/c it will be really expensive. Pure Tung Oil on Decks. One option is Pure Tung Oil.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. Just looking for something to wipe on a few coats to give them protection and a little hardness and possible shine! This is where most folks go wrong with it, they don’t wipe it dry enough and any thick spots won’t dry right. Tung oil is a favorite for finishing wood floors, cabinetry, decks, siding, furniture, guitars and other musical instruments, handmade toys, and more. On the first coat of oil (while wearing gloves) I like to soak the wood well with the Tung Oil and let it set for about 10-15 min. Maintaining Tung Oil Finishes. Sure enough, it leaves a good-looking surface on the wood. I have chosen 8/4 x 10″ (about 100′) rough cedar to box the bed. The red cedar I’m working with are boards I purchased that I cut into 4×4” blocks 1” thick. Applying Tung Oil: As with any traditional product that has been used for many years, there are many different opinions on how to apply tung oil, this is just how I did it. Similarly to linseed oil, tung oil is totally raw. paulsdiy.solutions/2018/07/04/how-to-apply-tung-oil-properly ExoShield wood stain stabilizes the wood and greatly reduces the chances of boards either cracking or warping. Tung oil dries quickly and penetrates the wood deeply. The Tung Oil used in ExoShield deck stain provides a naturally water-resistant, acid-resistant, and easy to use wood stain for all your siding, decking & exterior furniture. Use a clean, lint-free rag to apply tung oil. I decided to use tung oil. Boiled linseed oil cures faster than tung oil, overnight in a warm room when all the excess is wiped off, as opposed to two or three days for tung oil. (Raw linseed oil cures much slower – weeks at a minimum – so raw linseed oil will remain sticky for a long time, even with the excess wiped off). Maintenance is very easy. Minwax® Tung Oil Finish creates a remarkably durable, hand-rubbed luster in minutes. Easy to maintain, it is the ideal protective finish for woods that have been refinished because it penetrates wood pores to restore vitality to dry, thirsty wood. It also is a very light film, so you’ll have to put on so many coats you’ll be 10 yrs older by the time you are done. So far it’s working well! 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