Dark Half

From: $17.99

A perfect blend of our Dark Tung Oil and natural, food grade thinner. Dark Tung Oil has natural resin mixed in to add depth to your grain and instantly give an aged look. One part Dark Tung Oil mixed to one part Pine Oil. Most projects require the thick viscosity of  Tung Oil to be thinned in order to soak into the surface. Perfect ratio for small to large projects. Leave the mixing to us!

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently using a Pine Oil mixture (in replacement of Citrus Solvent) in order to keep pricing stable during the current Citrus Shortage.

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Product Description


This the same Dark Raw Tung oil but we have mixed the Pine Oil in for you! Mixed with natural Pine Oil and a naturally occurring resinous hydrocarbon for color. The resin is non-carcinogenic and does not contain any PCB’s.  Dark Half  Tung Oil and Pine Oil by The Real Milk Paint Company is water and alkali resistant. It resists marring, penetrates well, elastic and unlikely to check. Dark Half penetrates deep into the wood pores filling them up, consolidates the wood surface and builds a dark matte wood finish. It should be kept in an airtight container with minimum air space.

The Pine Oil used in this product is food contact safe, much like citrus oils from the skin of lemons, oranges, lime, and grapefruit. The Pine Oil is derived from the needles and fine branches of the pine tree. The Pine Oil evaporates into the air. Any time you crush and smell a plant you smell the evaporative oils, this is why there is a pine scent to this product.


  • Naturally polymerizing wood finish
  • Cures by oxidation not evaporation
  • Does not form a glossy finish no matter the number of coats
  • Form a flexible water proof finish
  • Resists abrasion and acids
  • Does not blister and peel (properly applied)
  • Does not mold like linseed oil
  • Long shelf life
  • Does not darken with time like linseed oil
  • Concentrated (thin one to one, doubles the coverage)
  • Combined with “Citrus Solvent” makes an all-natural wood finish
  • FDA approved for food contact
  • Does not go rancid
  • 7 to 10 days partial cure, 15 to 30 days full cure
  • Can be mixed with any other of our Tung Oil Products (i.e. Pure Tung Oil, Dark Tung Oil, Half & Half, Outdoor Defense Oil)


  • 8 oz. covers 25 sq. feet
  • 16 oz. covers 50 sq. feet
  • 32 oz. covers 100 sq. feet
  • Gallon covers 400 sq. feet

Example: 1 Gallon will do 1 coat on a 400 sq. foot surface.


Pure Tung Oil is a finishing product that provides a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant coating for a great wood finish when staining wood. It is classed as a drying oil along with linseed, poppy seed, safflower seed, walnut, soybean, oiticica and a few other oils. Although it is relatively new to the Western world, tung oil has been known for centuries to the Chinese, and until this century, China was the main source for the oil. It comes from the seed of the tung trees, Aleurites fordii and Aleurites montana, deciduous trees that are very susceptible to frost damage. This vulnerability has restricted the cultivation of the tung trees to China and South America. Tung oil received wide application in China: in the building trades as a treatment for both stone and wooden structures; in marine trades as a preservative and water repellant on wooden boats.

It is said to have been introduced to the West by Marco Polo. From the 13th to the 19th century, tung oil had only limited use in the West. In the 19th century it was adopted by the paint companies to become a major component in paints and varnishes. More recently, tung oil has gained favor over linseed oil for furniture finishing because it is faster drying and does not darken as much with age.

Directions for Use


  1. The surface should be dusted to remove all loose particles.
  2. Any wood filling (fillings with real wood dough accept tung oil) or wood staining (water or alcohol stains work best) must be done before the oil is applied.
  3. For the most thirsty surfaces like old weathered wood, 100 year old wood floors that were never finished, or un sealed concrete use Dark Tung Oil. In most cases, Dark Tung Oil does need to be thinned in order to absorb into the surface. Consider thinning with our Citrus Solvent, Odorless Mineral Spirits, or use our pre-thinned option Dark Half.
  4. In colder weather, check the weather to ensure you have a 2 week period minimum after your application of the tung oil where the temperature will be above freezing. You do not want the tung oil to freeze during its application or curing period.


  1. The first coat of Dark Tung Oil should be a liberal one.
  2. Apply with a natural bristle brush, sponge brush, or a thin foam roller.
  3. Allow this coat to sit for a minimum of 40 minutes so the oil can soak in. When it soaks into the wood, apply another coat immediately. Continue to apply coats, one after another, until the surface is saturated and stays glossy for a minimum of 40 minutes up to 1.5 hours. If eighty percent of surface area stays glossy, the pores are saturated and this can be considered your final coat.
  4. Now, wipe down the surface with clean rag material removing any excess oil that is on the surface. Continue to check for any seeping in the next few hours, and rub this off as well. Do not allow standing oil on the surface overnight. Any standing or puddles of oil should be wiped away with clean rags.
  5. After allowing the oil to soak overnight, apply one more coat to the surface the next day. Let this sit for a minimum of 40 minutes, but no more than 2 hours. Wipe up any oil that has not soaked in. Now the tung oil will be in its curing stage.
  6. Hang oil soaked rags up separately to dry.
  7. For woods with very dense pores (such as Teak, Ipe, Mesquite, etc.) consider thinning tung oil with two parts solvent (Citrus Solvent or Odorless Mineral Spirits) to one part oil. This will help it absorb and penetrate better into the wood.
  8. The Dark Tung Oil will take 7 to 10 days for a minimum cure and 15 to 30 days for a full cure.

Guidelines for Use while Curing

  • For floors, countertops, and other heavily used surfaces here are some general guidelines for use during the curing time of the tung oil.
  • Keeping the surface free from dust, debris, dirt, and liquids during the first 7-10 days of the curing time is paramount. Feel free to move about on the surface with clean socks or rags under shoes. In fact, we encourage this as it ensures that no oil will be left on the surface and this “ice skating” will pick up any oil that may seep to the surface during the curing process.
  • Restrain from covering the surface treated with tung oil for extended periods of time. The tung oil needs air exchange in order to cure.
  • For countertops and butcher block near sinks, consider covering an area around your sink with wax paper while sink is in use. This will prevent water from splashing onto the surface. Remove wax paper when sink is not in use.
  • Furniture can be moved back onto the floor after 7-10 days of curing time has occurred. Do not put area rugs or furniture items that rest close to the surface until full 30 day cure. These will prevent air flow. Wooden furniture items should have wax paper placed between the legs and the floor to prevent wicking of oil out of the surface.
  • For decks and outdoor surfaces, should it rain, remove water from the surface as soon as possible with a broom or leaf blower. Also, check out our Outdoor Defense Oil. A specially formulated option for outdoor finishing needs.
  • Remember, a full cure for the tung oil is 30 days. However, the pure tung oil finish will gradually harden over that period of time. Thus more resistance to use can be anticipated in general as the curing time progresses.


  • Do not apply or leave fresh tung oil on surface in direct sunlight. This will flash cure it on the surface and will turn white.
  • Do not sand between coats of tung oil. This is an application technique for tung oil varnishes, not pure tung oil.
  • Do not use Dark Tung Oil over oil based sealers, stains, and finishes.
  • We recommend using a water based stain to change color of wood, before tung oil is applied, if color other than that provided by pure tung oil is desired. For a lighter, all natural, tung oil finish check out our Pure Tung Oil and Half & Half products.
  • Dark Tung Oil has not been thinned. Thinners can accelerate the drying process and greatly improve the penetration of the tung oil. In most cases Dark Tung Oil does need to be thinned. We recommend using Citrus Solvent for a natural option, Odorless Mineral Spirits, or mineral spirits. Leave the thinning to us by using our Dark Half.
  • Do not use the “Green” thinners now being sold. They contain water and will not mix with the oil.
  • Remember by adding petroleum mineral spirits or other thinners, the oil may become toxic with these substances mixed into it, although the finish produced is not toxic because the thinners evaporate.
  • The number of coats of oil to be applied will be determined by the intended use of the piece. One to two coats are enough for decorative work, paneling and molding. For surfaces that receive moderate to heavy use or handling need a minimum of three and on up to six coats for maximum protection.
  • Apply till the surface reaches the saturation point. This will be evident as the surface will not absorb more oil.
  • Renewal and/or maintenance coats are thinly applied with lint free cloths (old bed sheets work well) or old t-shirt material on an as need be basis. A two parts solvent to one part tung oil mixture is recommended for maintenance coats.
  • Do not get hung up on the number of coats, let the wood tell you when it has reached its maximum saturation.
  • Dark Tung Oil will be in the wood up to the surface not on the wood like varnish or Polyurethane top coat. The end result is more like seasoning a cast iron pan. This product will give you a surface that will stand up to vigorous use and spills: water will bead on the surface.
  • After the tung oil as completely cured (30 days) cleaning of the surface can be done using hot water and mild soap, such as dish soap. Avoid using hard chemicals or acids for cleaning.


  • 8oz covers 25sq. feet
  • 16oz covers 50sq. feet
  • 32oz covers 100sq. feet
  • Gallon covers 400sq. feet
  • Example: One Gallon would cover 400sq. feet one time.
  • These statistics are for tung oil in its un-thinned state. Thinning will increase the coverage of tung oil. For example, a 1:1 ratio of solvent to pure tung oil will increase its coverage to 800sq. feet.

What its made of

We believe in being honest with what is in our products. So, thats why we provide the ingredients used in them so you can rest assured knowing exactly whats in the product you purchase from us. Its just a way we make it easier on you.

Dark Half is made of

  • Pure Tung Oil
  • Resinous Hydrocarbon
  • Pine Oil (Essential Oil)

What is…?

  • The resinous hydrocarbon used to darken and color the pure tung oil is naturally occurring, non-carcinogenic, and PCB free.
  • Pine oil is a naturally occurring terpene hydrocarbon. Terpenes are naturally occurring 10-carbon organic molecules manufactured in nature by green plants. They are the raw materials for many of the flavors and fragrances enjoyed by man. Most terpenes are designated GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and FEMA (Flavor Extracts Manufacturing Association) and are approved for human consumption in foods. The pine tree is the world’s largest commercial source of terpenes, the volatile oil from the tree, the largest volume essential oil found in nature.

Dark Half Oil Wood Samples

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