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08-18-2019 12:07 PM

i used tung oil to finish my grand daughters walnut crib that i made. after a second coat of tung oil the finish feels sticky and doesnt feel like it has dried. is there anything i can wipe over the top of the tung to get rid of the sticky finish without starting over all together. i would like to put a couple coats of laquer on it for better wear.

any suggestions greatly appreciated

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#1 posted 08-18-2019 12:15 PM

please explain how you applied the first coat
and how long did you wait before applying the second coat.

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#2 posted 08-18-2019 12:31 PM

i used a cotton rag to apply with the grain and left it sit a couple of days before doing the second coat. i used 0000 steel wool after first coat before i applied second coar. i did not wipe off after second coat.

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#3 posted 08-18-2019 12:42 PM

Was that really tung oil, or “tung oil finish”?

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#4 posted 08-18-2019 12:47 PM

old masters tung oil varnish

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#5 posted 08-18-2019 01:24 PM

did you flood the surface with a heavy coat then let it set for a few days ?
or – did you wipe off the excess within minutes of application for the first
(and second) coat.
there is a lot of chatter on Google about this same problem.
mostly with the sticky issue. the reason being that excess tung oil must be wiped
down soon after application – don’t let it sit for more than an hour as it will
not cure properly. any successive coats that are not wiped down will only
compound the problem.
if you google “Tung Oil Not Drying” you will see that most suggestions are to
bite the bullet and remove everything and start over.

my first experience with 100% tung oil was on some mallet handles.
I had the same issues as you describe. not removing excess oil and
too short of cure time for the successive coats. fortunately, tool handles
are easy to correct. a whole crib with multiple parts will be most frustrating.
I hope you can find an easy path of correction.

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#6 posted 08-18-2019 03:29 PM

You need to follow the directions for the product. Try wiping it down with a solvent like paint thinner, naphtha or turpentine and then let it dry.

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#7 posted 08-18-2019 03:35 PM

My guess is the part where you didn’t wipe off the excess after the second coat (per their directions).The finish you used is a typical danish oil, a drying oil mixed with a varnish. Wiping the excess off leaves a film thin enough that the oil component dries relatively quickly. Not doing so (the wiping excess part) leaves a thicker film that doesn’t dry so fast…drying oils are a little slower to cure than other oil based finishes. Anything you coat it with is simply going to seal it somewhat, and slow the curing process down…..besides you don’t want to put a hard finish on top of a softer one. I thonk at this point the best bet is to give it time to dry. If you’re in a hurry, you might try wiping it down with MS to remove some of what’s there. This last suggestion has never worked very well me, but I’ve seen it recommended a number of times so it works for someone (I guess).

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#8 posted 08-19-2019 10:04 PM

I have had this same disappointing experience with Tung Oil.

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#9 posted 08-19-2019 11:34 PM



I have had this same disappointing experience with Tung Oil.

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He used a “tung oil finish”. Meaning very little if any actual tung oil. And most likely too much left on vs wiping off excess.

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#10 posted 08-20-2019 11:33 AM

thanks everyone for the feedback. looks like the cure to my problem has just been time. i put a fan on the crib to get some more air movement on the parts and its getting better everyday. it has been super humid here which makes drying take that much longer. im going to chalk this experience up as a learning situation.

thanks again for all the imput.

i will post pictures when project is complete.

thanks again

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