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Thread: TUNG Oil Smell!

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    William In Mtl Guest

    Default TUNG Oil Smell!

    Hi guys,

    i just finished a small project made of maple

    and walnut and i decided to use TUNG Oil to

    accentuate the grain (i love the way TUNG OIL accentuate the wood.. I love it!) but what i don't like of it is the way the smell of it stays for days and weeks! I have no IDEA how to get rid of the smell. I mean, is now 2 weeks that my project is finished but the smell is still there.

    I know i can use a polyeurethane finish to cover it but i wanted just to use an oil finish and now i'm afraid to use it again for projects for other people!

    What it is the solution?

    Thanks.

    William!



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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    Did you use raw tung oil or polymerized tung oil? Raw tung oil takes a long time to completely cure.

    To eliminate the smell you can coat your project with blonde shellac which won't change the color.

    Tony



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    I shudder when I hear that word "Tongue oil".


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    Roman, boiled linseed oil stinks as badly and for as long as tung oil. And if you want to up the stink factor about ten times just add turpentine!

    William, coating with shellac or a water-borne urethane will contain it, of course, as has already been mentioned, and they don't add to the smells themselves. I have no experience with NC lacquers.

    Using an oil-based poly just adds more oil to stink until it cures. I have not noticed that oil-based poly stops stinking any sooner than an oil-only finish.

    For an oil-only finish my wife loves mineral oil because it gives pretty much the same grain enhancement and coloration and does not stink.

    Her nose is far more sensitive to objectionably smelly finishes than mine. She has actually finished some projects herself with mineral oil, right on the kitchen table.

    But if the project involves linseed oil, tung oil or oil-based poly finishes she won't even come near the shop while the finishing is going on. (Good thing I've got a cordless phone out there or I'd never know when dinner is on when I'm finishing!) And she won't allow the finished piece into the house for at least three weeks after it's done. Even then it's usually at least another month before she stops complaining about the stink.



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    Rusty Guest

    Default try Japan dryer

    it will accelerate the curing of the oil. it contains metals so be careful if its on a food prep piece.


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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    Did you use polymerized tung oil or raw tung oil? Polymerized dries fairly quickly and is basically stink free within a week or two. As how to clear it up put a fan on to circulate the air and if the spot your curing it in isn't at least 75-80 degee's a portable heater. It should clear up with a week. I use polymerized tung oil all the time I don't know of a better looking finish with tried and true BLO a close second but that takes a few months to stop smelling.


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    William In Mtl Guest

    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    I used raw tung oil but i'm going to follow some of the suggestions you guys gave me and since there is no other solutions but to wait for it to cure, i'm gonna have to cover it with shellac.

    thanks guys!

    William!



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    Default Re: Tung oil smell

    That reminds me of the first pine bread box I made, being rather new to the hobby I saw nothing wrong with using some outdoor oil based varnish that I had at the time (don't remember the brand). I expected a strong smell, but did not expect that after a couple of weeks when I started putting bread in, wrapped in its plastic bag, that it would pick up the smell of the finish, even tough there was only a faint remnant of it by then. I sold it at our annual garage sale, to someone wanting to store nicknacks and I made another one, using a water based finish and we're still using it today and after about 4 years, still looks as good as the day I finished it.
    Cheers,
    Werner in Winnipeg
    PS, just picked up some walnut to make my wife's birthday present and I will use polymerized Tung oil for a finish (I love the look of walnut finished with Tung oil)



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    Hi Werner,

    Just wondering where in Wpg. I can find polymerized tung oil ? Are there different grades and/or finishes(shine) available? Thanks...

    Ken

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    I think it smells like bacon, which is something I can live with. Even if it doesn't, really.

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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    William can you tell us who's (maker) tung oil you used ??
    Would like to know this for all when using a finish next project.

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    I do know that Lee Valley carries pure tung oil and polymerized tung oil.

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,190,42942

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    This thread is 4 years old.
    J.P. Rap Mount Hope Ont.
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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    Hi JP I guess I would have to wait for a long long time for an answer

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    Quote Originally Posted by J.P. Rap View Post
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    Like Lazurus, it was resurrected from the dead and brought back to life.

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    Default Re: TUNG Oil Smell!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete in Victoria View Post
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    I think Lazurus was on his first life when this thread was started!
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."

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