Bringing Out the Look of Wood Surfaces


For wood surfaces, a Tung oil can give the material a smooth shine with an oil-finish look and the drying characteristics of a wiping varnish, making it a faster alternative. Its best applications are pieces that benefit from a high-gloss finish but don’t get much handling or need a high degree of protection.

Application on Wood Surfaces

Formbys Tung oil applies best as a wipe in three passes, which gets better coverage in nooks and crannies than spraying. A smooth finish benefits from a previously sanded wood surface with 220 grit sandpaper. The first two applications seal the wood. Three coats or more create a shine. The first coat should be a generous amount of oil applied directly to the wood and rubbed into the pores in circular motions and along the grain with a cotton rag.

Bringing Out the Wood’s Look

Before the second application, the first coat of oil should dry for about four to six hours. The second coat will get the best finish by pouring Formbys Tung oil on fine sandpaper, typically 600 grit, and pushing it deep into the wood fibers, giving the finish a richer and deeper look. Three coats or more with several hours’ drying time between further enhance the appearance.

Final Finish

After sanding, buffing the surface with a cotton rag will give it a rich finish with clarity and depth as the oil dries in the pores of the wood. Multiple applications give the surface an even sheen and good protection. Without any added lacquers or stains, Formby’s Tung oil is a favorite for bringing out a deep luster in wood surfaces.