The Real Milk Paint Company Tung Oil is the purest, highest quality tung oil you’ll find. It is all natural, food safe, and creates a flat finish. The FDA has approved it for direct food contact.
Tung Oil (Chinawood oil) is a hard drying wood oil that provides a lustrous and beautiful finish. It resists marring, penetrates well, is environmentally friendly and has exceptional resistance to outdoor conditions of varying weather and temperature.
Tung Oil is relatively thick and works best when thinned 40 to 50%, with a good quality solvent. Our favored solvent is Citrus Solvent, which, when mixed with Pure Tung Oil will conserve its food safety properties.
The Real Milk Paint Company also offers Half and Half, which is an FDA food safe mixture of 50% Pure Tung Oil and 50% Citrus Solvent. Because it is pre-mixed, it’s ready to use straight from the container.
Natural finishes, like Tung Oil, work by being absorbed by the wood. The deeper it penetrates into the wood, the better the protection it will provide. This is why we recommend thinning the oil. Different types of wood and different grain will absorb the oil at varying rates.
If you are applying the oil to an end-grain cutting board, the end grain will absorb the oil at a greater rate. You may find that you don’t need to thin the Tung Oil.
If your piece is a dense exotic wood, you may find that you’ll want to thin the Tung oil beyond the recommended 40 to 50 percent. If the first coat of oil is laying on the surface and not sinking in, that’s when you know you need to thin it.
For exterior applications, a good thinning solvent is Fiddes White Spirit. White Spirit is not food safe and should not be used to thin Tung Oil that will be used on items that will be in contact with food.
Depending of the level of exposure to the elements, Tung oil can be renewed as often as once per year, by simply applying another coat of the thinned oil, or of Half and Half.
- 8 oz. covers 25 sq. feet
- 16 oz. covers 50 sq. feet
- 32 oz. covers 100 sq. feet
- Gallon covers 400 sq. feet
NOTE: This coverage is for the oil. If you thin the oil, the coverage will increase.