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Danish Oil

The easy wipe-on low lustre finish for all types of wood. On all interior and exterior wooden surfaces including…doors, dressers, cladding, garden and indoor furniture, window frames, turned woodwork etc Apply liberally with a clean rag or brush and wipe off the surplus oil after a few minutes for a natural low lustre finish. Danish Oil is a special formulation developed by Rustins Ltd. based on Tung Oil, also known as Chinese Wood Oil. The oil is extracted from nuts, similar in size to a Brazil nut, growing on species of trees found mainly in China and some areas of South America. After processing the oil is blended with synthetic resins to improve hardness and other vegetable oils. Driers and solvents are added to improve the performance and application properties, so that Danish Oil may be applied with a rag or brush.

The special ingredients used in the manufacture of Danish Oil penetrate deep into all types of timber, drying to a hard, durable and water-resistant seal. Unlike varnishes, it does not leave a thick film on the surface which may peel, chip or craze on ageing. The oil dries quickly in 4 to 6 hours, depending on ambient temperature and humidity, producing a non-tacky surface. It does not, therefore, pick up dust as will wood treated with linseed oil.

As it is a hard drying oil, it may be used as a primer or sealer on bare wood before applying other finishes, if required. Danish Oil may be used on interior and exterior woodwork and can be over-coated with a varnish or paint at any time if it is desired to alter the appearance.

It’s so easy to use

  • Apply liberally with a clean rag or brush and wipe off the surplus oil after a few minutes.
  • Allow drying and repeat. New wood generally requires 3 applications.

Absolutely no skill is required for application, as even when the oil is applied with a brush, it does not have to be brushed out in the same way as a varnish. The brush is merely used to spread the oil liberally over the surface. For an outstanding finish, the last coat of Danish Oil may be applied by rubbing over the surface with fine steel wool 000 grade, or a scouring pad, such as Scotchbrite. Then wipe off the surplus with a soft cloth. This will remove any “nibs” on the surface and leave the surface with a silky-smooth finish.

Danish Oil will bring out the beauty of all timbers and give a natural open-grained soft lustrous finish. The natural colour of the wood may be altered by staining with Rustin’s Wood Dye before applying Danish Oil. The Wood Dye can also be added to Danish Oil to make a tinted oil.

Danish Oil may be applied to surfaces that have been treated with other oils, provided the surfaces are clean. Surfaces that have been wax polished, however, must be cleaned first with steel wool, white spirit and a clean rag.

The finish is easily maintained by re-oiling as required once the surface has been cleaned with a mild detergent solution, rinsed and dried. Alternatively, the surface may be cleaned with steel wool, white spirit and a clean rag. Exterior woodwork will require re-oiling annually or more frequently. For instance, oily hardwoods tend to be more resistant than softwoods and oak which may need more attention. The durability of exterior woodwork can be improved by diluting Danish Oil with equal parts of White Spirit.

This is an essential part of looking after your worktops and keeping them in tip-top condition!

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