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Old 03-21-2009, 08:59 PM
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Hi Carvers, I finished a bull moose today and it is Butternut. I put a coat of Tung Oil on it. How many coats are enough? And should I spray a coat of clear semi-gloss wood finish afterward?
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Hi Phyillis , if you post your question under the heading of Wood finishing and painting you should get lots of answers to your question
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I use tung oil on my natural finish carvings (and on our natural finish furniture). How many coats? It depends on the look you are seeking. Tung oil is diluted with mineral spirits to varying degree (based on manufacturer). So, the more you put on there the higher the gloss on the carving.

I use Formby's low gloss tung oil (not the tung oil finish which has other things in it). Make sure to let it dry well between coatings and I like to go over the first couple of coatings with a light rubbing of at least OOOO steel wool. Then use a clean cloth to eliminate any small pieces of the steel wool. I would use at least 2-3 coats and I allow a drying time of 24 hours between them.

Be sure that you allow any cloths you use for tung oil to air dry in a non-flammable place. Tung oil has the potential for self-ignition. Once they are dry they are safe and can be thrown away.
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Paul--I was admiring your eagle head. Is that painted with acrylic paint? What sealer do you use? I carve mostly with basswood and paint with acrylics and use a semigloss sealer. I've never tried any other combination. Do you use tongue oil on acrylic?
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It's important, when discussing tung oil finishes to be explicit about what product you're using. There's a big difference from using 100% tung oil and something like Formby's Tung Oil Finish, which is really a oil/varnish mix. These oil/varnish mixes will build much more quickly than thin coats of pure tung oil. They dry much faster as well.
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Thank You Al, Sorry I posted on the wrong forum
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Thank You Paul. I used Waterlox Original, made from tung oil. I did a lot of detail on the hair on the moose so can't really rub out the finish. Is it OK to just spray Deft semi-gloss over it now?
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Thanks Larry, I used Waterlox Original. I did a lot of detail on the moose's hair so can't really rub it out. Is it OK to spray Deft semi-gloss on it now after it dries?
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Larry, I agree about the pure tung oil. There are not too many places around here to get 100% and then, if you want it to dry in the next year or so, it needs to be mixed with mineral spirits. That is why I use Formby's tung oil rather than the Formby's tung oil finish. I did use a lot of 100% tung oil on the ceiling boards in our house. Grizzly sells it by the gallon and we cut it with mineral spirits at about 1:4 and that made the tung go a lot further also.

I painted the eagle head with gouache which, as near as I can tell, is somewhere between watercolor and acrylic. I have been told that the watercolor white is not very permanent. I use winsor newton and mixed the gouache white with a little watercolor ivory black to get the color I used. Just mixed it by sight so do not know the ratio. I then coated the carving with several coats of Krylon matte finish.
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Larry, I agree about the pure tung oil. There are not too many places around here to get 100% and then, if you want it to dry in the next year or so, it needs to be mixed with mineral spirits.
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