What Is Wood Oil?
Wood oils are finishing oils made via plant extraction, and many options have nontoxic formulations with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for safer woodworking. Perfect for use on raw wood or as a top coat for items covered in Real Milk Paint, these finishing oils penetrate wood deeply to replenish moisture lost to time and use. While not as durable as lacquer or varnish, wood oils do offer water resistance and ample protection for household furnishings, and they also allow reapplication as needed to keep surfaces looking their very best.
Should I Oil My Wood Furniture?
Whether you should oil your wood furniture depends on the results you want. If your home furnishings look dried-out and you wish to revive them, using wood oil in place of regular furniture polish can help. This versatile medium adds a beautiful sheen and extra durability to your favorite pieces, helping them retain their beauty even when frequently used by you and your family. In some cases, wood oils can even help you conceal small flaws and scratches in wood without the need for repairs or refinishing.
Is Wax or Oil Better for Wood?
Wood wax and wood oil both have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, wood waxes dry to a thin protective layer almost like an eggshell to protect furnishings, while wood oils cure, more than dry, to create a water-resistant finish. Keep in mind that waxes typically serve as a topcoat, so you can use them over raw and finished wood alike, though they typically need reapplication 4 to 6 times a year. Wood oils as a finish tend to last longer, reducing maintenance requirements and allows fuss-free repairs as needed.
What Is the Best Oil for Wood?
The best oil for wood varies with the types of items you wish to finish. For example, food-grade wood oils from the Real Milk Paint Co. work wonderfully in the kitchen, providing a simple way to seal everything from cutting boards and butcher blocks to wooden bowls and utensils. If, however, you plan on finishing outdoor decor such as garden benches or Adirondack chairs, our Outdoor Defense Oil proves adept at protecting and preserving wood, concrete and stone alike from both time and inclement weather. Additionally, some wood oils feature a tint to help accentuate wood grain and aid in covering small surface flaws.