Guide To Oil Finishes,

by Jerry Johnson

Finish

Protection

Sheen

Ease of Application

Cost

Color

Penetration

Working Properties

Raw linseed oil

Poor

Satin(rubbed)

Very easy

Low

Dark

Deep

Cures soft and very slowly

Boiled linseed oil

Poor

Satin(rubbed)

Very easy

Low

Dark

Deep

Cures soft; 4-6 times faster than raw linseed oil- about 1 day

Pure tung oil

Poor until 5 or more coats

Dull until 5 or more coats

Very easy

High

Light

Deep

Cures soft Ė so donít build up

Polymerized linseed and tung oil

Potentially excellent if built up

Gloss

Easy on small surfaces

Very high

Light

Shallow

Cures fast, hard and glossy. Will crack is applied too thick

Wiping varnish

Potentially excellent if built up

Gloss

Easy

Medium

Light

Shallow

Cures fairly fast and can be built up. Made satin by flattening agents

Oil/varnish

Medium

Satin(rubbed)

Very easy

Medium

Medium

Medium

Varies in curing time and gloss, depending on oil to varnish ratio. Should not be built up