//Half & Half

Half & Half

From: $16.99

A perfect blend of Pure Tung Oil and natural, food grade thinner. One part Pure Tung Oil mixed to one part Pine Oil. Most projects require the thick viscosity of Pure Tung Oil to be thinned in order to soak into surface. Perfect ratio for small to large projects. Leave the mixing to us!

Due to global shortage, high cost and demand for pure Citrus Solvent, we have made a switch to the Tung Oil/Pine Oil blend for the Half & Half. We still have Pure Citrus Solvent available here if you choose to buy separately and mix yourself.

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Product Description

This is pre-mixed Pure Tung Oil and Pine Oil from the Real Milk Paint Co.

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.

We found that is most cases the Pure Tung Oil is too thick to penetrate most surfaces. Thinning with a natural solvent helps the oil penetrate deeper in the material. The 1 to 1 or Half & Half ratio seems to work best all around for most surfaces like new raw wood, butcher block counter tops, concrete, terra cotta clay pots, stone, and slate. Generally, 3 to 5 coats work to seal and water proof. This all natural finish does take 7 to 10 days to develop a water resistance. This finish is also safe for a food contact surface. For dense hardwood, a 2 part Citrus Solvent to 1 part Pure Tung oil is recommended. This is easy made when you purchase a 32 ounce Half & Half just add a 16 oz Citrus Solvent to your purchase. To see the color of your surface before oiling just wet with water. The way it looks wet but not glossy is the color you have when the oil is dry.

Coverage

  • Pint – 16 oz. covers 50 sq. feet
  • Quart – 32 oz. covers 100 sq. feet
  • Gallon – covers 400 sq. feet

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

Half & Half Oil Wood Samples


 

Mineral Spirits vs. Natural Citrus Solvent Frequently Asked Questions

How does Citrus Solvent differ from mineral spirits?

Citrus Solvent is orange peel oil. It is the natural clear liquid that is in the rind of the orange. Citrus Solvent is an organic substance, in contrast to Mineral spirits, which is created through a chemical process called “Oil Cracking”. Mineral spirits is a by-product from the manufacture of gasoline. Citrus Solvent on the other hand is a by-product of the orange juice industry from squeezing oranges. After the orange juice is squeezed the peels are then sent back to be further squeezed to extract the Citrus Solvent from the peels. The liquid is collect for other uses. Citrus Solvent does not cause any ozone depletion or contamination. Even if the orange peels were discarded the Citrus Solvent would be release to the air regardless.

How does Citrus Solvent work? Is it just like regular paint thinner?

Citrus Solvent will evaporate like paint thinner but just a little bit slower. However, the fumes are much safer.

What are the benefits of using Citrus Solvent as odorless mineral spirits?

Citrus Solvent is not odorless but does have an orange smell. Lower quality odorless mineral spirits may be more toxic than Citrus Solvent. Extended long term exposure to any and all solvents are not recommended.

Can Citrus Solvent be used for degreasing, the way mineral spirits can?

Yes, Citrus Solvent makes an excellent degreaser. In many cases it works better than mineral spirits.

Is Citrus Solvent safer to use on antiques than paint thinner?

Citrus Solvent is a good degreaser and works well for de-waxing. Citrus solvent would be safe for almost all finishes except for some delicate water base films.

Do I need to wear a mask and gloves when working with Citrus Solvent as an odorless mineral spirit?

Gloves would be good to wear if you have sensitive skin. Citrus Solvent can dry out the skin. Good ventilation is recommended if you are doing a large project. An organic filter mask is recommended for protection from odorless mineral spirits.

When using Citrus Solvent in place of paint thinner or mineral spirits, is the same amount of product used?

Yes, the exact same amount of Citrus Solvent is required in place of paint thinner or mineral spirits.

How fast does Citrus Solvent evaporate compared to paint thinner and mineral spirits?

Citrus Solvent will dry a bit slower than paint thinner or mineral spirits.

Does Citrus Solvent require as much ventilation during use as mineral spirits or paint thinner?

Ventilation would be recommended for all solvents.

Is Citrus Solvent safer to store than mineral spirits or paint thinner?

Recommended storage for Citrus Solvent would be the same as for mineral spirits and paint thinner.

What are mineral spirits?

Mineral spirits are a low volatility petroleum derivative commonly used as a substitute for turpentine for paint thinning. Originally developed in the late twenties, mineral spirits were first created as a formula for the dry cleaning industry. Today, mineral spirits are used in a number of applications as a cleaner, degreaser, and lubricant. Mineral spirits are created through the combination of various chemicals with hydrocarbons into three basic types. The most commonly used for paint applications is type II odorless mineral spirits. Although mineral spirits are considered safe as cleaner, OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, warns of “potential acute health effects” including irritation of the skin and eyes, and the hazardous potential of mineral spirits if ingested or inhaled. Furthermore, mineral spirits are toxic to the lungs and nervous system, and “repeated or prolonged exposure” can produce “target organs damage”.

At The Real Milk Paint Company we do our best to provide safe products as well as information. However we can not guarantee that individuals with compromised immune systems or allergies will not have a reaction to our products. We strongly recommend that each person take their own personal responsibility in testing this product for their own personal use.

Download the Half & Half Safety Data Sheet