Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul WORKS GREAT!!
Completely stripped down a cherry wood dresser and restained it using 2 very light coats of varathane cherry stair.....once completely dry, I finished the job with 5 light coats of this tung oil finish waiting 24 hours between coats.....each coat added a little more depth and gloss to the wood......the dresser came out beautiful!!! About every 4 months I put a very light coat on to maintain the beauty and richness of the wood.......DON'T OVER APPLY.......BUFF BETWEEN COATS..... I would not use this product on exposed exterior surfaces, however, for interior projects such as refinishing furniture, its excellent!
August 12, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by n4matishun First time use, went well
I hadn't used Tung oil before. This is not the "pure" Tung Oil, but it worked beautifully for my needs. I used it on an old wooden door that had been left outside for some time. This product gave the door a beautiful color and finish that is rich and wows everyone that sees it. I did wonder if it would be possible to use a buffer to even out the application and feel. I intend to paint some details in the door and then spray polyurethane. I wasn't sure if that would be a good idea, so I hope I get opinions from real experts. I don't know what kind of wood the door is, but it is at least 50 years old. I might try real Tung Oil sometime, but I am not a professional or experienced. This product was right for me.
March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Procrastinator Gives the user a lot of control and allows for future repair
As others have said, this product is a mixture of a drying oil, varnish resins, and a solvent. Wiping varnish, on the other hand, is a mixture of varnish and a solvent, according to woodworking sites. This is not considered a wiping varnish. "Danish oil" is considered to be in the same category as this Minwax Tung Oil Finish. There is an issue with the industry creating confusion with their labeling of this type of product. In spite of the confusion, this product meets my needs and I am pleased with it.
With this type of finish, you are building up several thin layers of product instead of a couple of thicker layers. The more layers you apply, the glossier the finish. There is an ambering effect, which of course increases with each layer. The incremental changes in gloss and ambering allow you to match surfaces that have different types of finish.
It creates a very nice looking, drip-free finish. The rubbing off of the excess requires some pressure--more than, say, dusting your furniture. It's more work than simply brushing on varnish. One big "con" is that you have to wait a day between each coat.
I tried this product because I was refinishing my kitchen cabinets in sections. I had already applied stain and a polyurethane top coat to most of the project. For the area under the breakfast counter, I may be removing some brackets later, when I can afford to have my countertop replaced. I wanted a finish there that can be easily repaired, and this type of finish can be more easily repaired than a thicker finish. The repaired areas can be blended into the older areas. I found that four layers of this tung oil finish closely matched two layers of semi-gloss polyurethane.
One more thing I like is that there is very little odor. The difference is especially noticeable when you have recently been exposed to the fumes of stripping, staining, and polyurethane.
I will use this product in the future on refinishing projects that will not be exposed to frequent splashing.
April 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ThatJoeGuy THIS IS NOT TUNG OIL.
This is NOT real tung oil... it is filled with chemicals. Do not use this near or around children. For sure do not use anywhere near your garden. Including planter boxes.
April 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by htfme2 Min-wax "Tung Oil" Is an excellent product for finishing wood projects with ease. Correctly applied, this product will enhance the wood's grain with a smooth satin luster.
I have used this product on many woodworking projects over the years and the finish it gives to the wood is fantastic. After it has fully cured I also apply a light coat of wax with a hand rubbed finish. If you are wondering what finish to use for your next woodworking project, I recommend this one. Of course you understand that this product has its limits as far as protection from the elements. That said, I've actually used it on some wood railing with the final wax application and it has held up very nicely after two years !
December 12, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mcfirefly Tung oil is a great, fun to use, durable, historic finish!
Even though it has limits in its resistance to moisture, it was used for that on old wooden ships. It just had to be applied and reapplied. I have some water rings that need to be fixed on an old pine chest (that looks like a lot like cherry, with a rich look that's hard to get in pine), but in all, it's pretty moisture resistant. And there is more: give your item a hand-rubbed finish (that is, check to make sure any additional ingredients are safe for this): you will not believe what it does for your hands! No wonder those old sailors had such soft hands.
January 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lucorb Great Results
Easy to rag on, wipe off. Application takes at least two coats (depending on how much of a sheen you're looking for) and 24 hours of dry time in between coats. Used this to finish an 1850's barn beam for a mantel. Only needed to wipe clean with mineral spirits to prep. This tung oil really brings out the color of the oak, without looking too finished. great to work with, love the results.
August 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Madartist One star for deceptive labeling
Like another reviewer, I also bought this product thinking it was pure tung oil. However it does say "Tung Oil Finish" so I should have figured it was more of a varnish product and not a pure product. Please note: A Tung Oil Finish product should not be used as a flooring finish, use only for woodworking projects. And if you have nut allergies (tung oil is made from nuts) - be careful when and where you use this. And if you need the real deal 100% Tung Oil - it will be labeled as such and Home Depot does not carry the pure Tung Oil.
May 2, 2012