Oils ain’t oils

When it comes to flooring, we had the choice of leaving the carpet in place (but it was later discovered to be rotted, black in areas), laying new flooring over the old, or polishing up the old.

The choice to use the old boards was made after we saw it wasn’t all that bad, a bit of sanding to remove paint, a few (hundred) staples to remove, and the job is nearly done.

Tomorrow, I’ll sand them back ready for oiling.

We had a good think about oils, Howard Products have a Tung Oil product which is ready to apply, a mix of Tung Oil and Orange Oil, both naturally occuring products, and offer the same transparent finish. A bit more looking into it and we found this other product, Wood Oil, from The Wood Works.

The decision to avoid polyurethane based products is an expensive one – we need about 7L of oil for the flooring areas we are doing, and this comes at $180 delivered (savings compared to Howard Products, Orange Tung Oil, at $270+).

Polyurethane finishes (e.g. CFP from Cabot’s), would have come in cheaper, $110 for 8L from Bunnings, but then the floors would have had a fake feel, and in looking into it, polyurethane, once cracked, would see more issues resulting in a sanding later on.

A natural oiled floor is easily fixed – just a little more oil, a little more buffing – fixed.

So, this weekend, we clear up – apply the oil to the floors, and repeat every 24 hours for the next 3 days. Move back in – no more need for anything other than a quick broom and maybe a mop and water for clean up.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The boards, in the bare form do actually look pretty good, so assuming the transparent finish is achieved with the oil (or close enough to it), they won’t attain a brown varnish like finish.

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