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What does a tung oil tree look like?

By: Regina FenwickUpdated: December 04, 2020


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What Does a Tung Oil Tree Look Like? It is a small deciduous tree that grows up to 40 feet tall with smooth bark and a branchy head. The tung tree has flowers that range in size from 1-3 inches in diameter with petals that are white tinged with red and yellow. Each nut or fruit contains 3-7 large seeds.

Correspondingly, is tung oil toxic?

Tung oil is non toxic and doesn't contain VOCs, however people with allergies often report adverse reactions to contact with (or even the odor of) tung oil. Reactions can be severe in some cases(1). 100% pure tung oil dries slowly.

One may also ask, what's in tung oil?

Tung oil or China wood oil is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seed from the nut of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii). Tung oil hardens upon exposure to air (through polymerization), and the resulting coating is transparent and has a deep, almost wet look.

How do you make tung oil?

Tung oil or China wood oil is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seed from the nut of the tung tree (Vernicia fordii). Tung oil hardens upon exposure to air (through polymerization), and the resulting coating is transparent and has a deep, almost wet look.

How do you use tung oil finish?

You can apply the oil with a natural bristle brush, a sponge brush, or a soft and lint-free rag. Apply the oil liberally to the surface. Unlike varnish, which sits on top of the wood, the goal with tung oil is to thoroughly saturate the wood cells. When you've applied the first coat, let the oil absorb.


Is Kukui a nut?

Background of the Kukui Nut Tree in Hawaii
The official state tree of Hawaii is the kukui nut tree or kukui tree. It's known elsewhere as the candlenut tree. The kukui nut tree in Hawaii has large light-green leaves.

Is Tung or polyurethane better?

Tung oil takes up to 48 hours to dry. Polyurethane dries faster than tung oil and takes only 12 hours to cure. Polyurethane sits on top of the wood to form a protective barrier that is watertight in only two coats. When considering tung oil versus polyurethane for wood floors, polyurethane wins the debate every time.

Will tung oil darken wood?

Because it is oil based, it will have an amber tint. Sure, because soya and tung oil are light colored oils, the amber will be less than a linseed oil based finish, but it will still be somewhat amber and it will be noticeable on a "whitish" stain.

How long does tung oil finish last?

Every six months (or as needed) just dress the guitar with a light coat. It will continue to interact with the wood, and should last the life of the instrument. The result of a tung finish is a beautiful natural wood finish.

Does tung oil dry hard?

Most important, of all the oil finishes, tung oil is the only drying oil that polymerizes 100% (completely hardens). Linseed oil, for example, never completely hardens.

Does tung oil smell bad?

Tung oil produces a mildly disagreeable odor for a few days after it is applied. This odor lessens with time, however some find that it continues for quite some time afterwards. If the tung oil is to be coated with some other finish such as wax, shellac, lacquer or polyurethane, this smell is no longer noticeable.

Why is tung oil so sticky?

Tung oil is, like linseed oil, just a drying oil. So, the oils will change quickly from a liquid to a solid, virtually overnight. Then they slow down. After a few decades, the continued reaction changes the oil from solid, slick, beautiful to gummy, sticky, yucky.

Is Tung Oil safe to breathe?

No, tung oil is like other curing nut/seed oils which do not release any toxic components during their curing process. Those solvents can release toxic or unpleasant fumes until they are completely evaporated.

What is the difference between tung oil and tung oil finish?

Most Tung Oil finishes have petroleum distillates added and generally metallic dryers. Tung Oil will generally build a gloss finish as well as build on top of the wood surface. These types of finish dry over night and require sanding between coats. It however does dry slower than Tung Oil.

Can tung oil spontaneously combust?

Drying oils, especially linseed oil (raw or boiled), are the only finishing materials that spontaneously combust. It's not totally clear whether 100% tung oil can spontaneously combust, so treat it like it does. As linseed oil dries, it generates heat as a byproduct.

Do you need to thin tung oil?

When using pure tung oil, you need several coats. It's very important that you thin each coat with the first coat being the thinnest (I recommend 70 percent solvent). Each successive coat should be thicker (less thinned), and the last coat must be the thickest.

What is the best tung oil to buy?

Minwax Tung Oil Finish is a good example. Rockler's Tung Oil, on the other hand, is not a “tung oil finish”; it's the real thing – 100 percent pure tung oil. Tung oil is one of the most water resistant of cuing oils and has a centuries-long history of use as a final finish.

Can you put polyurethane over tung oil?

Woodworking Expert - Michael Dresdner: "Yes, I would put a coat or two of oil-based polyurethane on for more durability, and it is fully compatible over the dried tung oil (or linseed oil, or any other drying oil for that matter.) There are still many varnish formulations that use tung oil.