Real Milk Paint Company Dark Half is a one to one blend of their Dark Raw Tung Oil and Citrus Solvent. This blend thins the Tung oil so that it is readily absorbed into the pores of the wood surface. It is ready to use right from the bottle. However, if you are finishing a dense hardwood such as Ipe or Teak, you may need to thin Dark Half even further with Citrus Solvent. Dark Half, and tung oil in general, is a natural finish that protects by being absorbed into the wood.
Dark Half is rated direct food contact safe by the FDA, so it’s a great finishing choice for wooden cutting boards, children’s toys, counter tops, wooden bowls and spoons, as well as floors and furniture.
Dark Half penetrates deeply into the wood pores to form a dark, matte finish that is also water resistant. It is elastic, resists marring, and is long lasting – however it can be renewed by simply removing any dust or dirt and applying a new coat.
Unlike most commercial tung oils, Dark Half contains no additives, such as heavy metallic dryers. While this is what makes Dark Half nontoxic, it means that it can take up to 30 days to thoroughly cure. During the first 7 to 15 days of curing, you can use the surface, but should avoid getting it dirty and should not allow liquids to pool on the finished surface. It is during this period that the Dark Half is in its freshest and weakest state. After that point, increased regular use of the surface can take place.
- Sample covers 1 sq. feet
- 16 oz. covers 50 sq. feet
- 32 oz. covers 100 sq. feet
- Gallon covers 400 sq. feet