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#1 posted 03-20-2018 05:54 AM

Teak oil is no different than “tung oil,” Fromby’s Tung Oil” and so on. All are just boiled linseed oil with a little resin and thinner.

If this puppy is going outside, it “may” need UV protection. That isn’t part of the so called teak oil (they don’t really squeeze or steam teak trees to get the oil out of them).

I’m a huge fan of non-hardening oils, since they stop the wood from shrinking, then splitting and cracking. Too, they don’t require stripping, which is nice, since the items to which they are applied are, often, labor intensive, to keep them nice.

Using them means being aggressive early on in the game, but, once well into it, you can coast more and more. To get the oils in, you have to, of course, think them and apply them to all surfaces.

You can experiment. Consider looking into pine tar, boiled linseed oil and turpentine mixes, such as are applied to water craft, WWII guns and so on. They are easy to apply.

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