Tung oil is a popular and natural wood finish that is derived from the nuts of the tung tree. It is known for its deep penetration and long-lasting durability, making it an ideal choice for a variety of wood finishing projects. However, tung oil can be thick and slow to absorb, especially for large surfaces or intricate details. This is where using a citrus solvent, such as d-limonene, can come in handy.
Thinning tung oil with d-limonene, also known as citrus solvent, can make the oil much easier to apply, especially for large surfaces. The solvent acts as a thinner, making the oil less viscous, and allowing it to be applied more evenly. It also allows the oil to penetrate deeper into the wood, resulting in a stronger and more durable finish.
In addition to making the tung oil easier to apply, using d-limonene as a thinner also has other benefits. It is a natural, biodegradable, and non-toxic alternative to other solvents, making it safe to use indoors, and it is also safer for the environment. Additionally, it has a pleasant citrus smell, which is a big plus in comparison to traditional thinners that have strong and unpleasant odors.
When thinning tung oil with d-limonene, it is recommended to use as low as 1 part tung oil to 3 parts d-limonene. It is also important to keep in mind that the more solvent you add, the less durable the finish will be.
If you don’t want to mix it yourself, Vagabond Oil & Paint, Co. offers a preblended formula called Citrus Thinned Tung Oil that is 50% Tung Oil and 50% Citrus Solvent.
In conclusion, thinning tung oil with d-limonene citrus solvent makes the oil much easier to apply, especially for large surfaces and intricate details. Not only does it make the application process smoother and more efficient, but it also enhances the oil's ability to penetrate deeper into the wood, resulting in a stronger and more durable finish. Additionally, it is an eco-friendly and pleasant-smelling alternative to traditional solvents.