11 May Oil on Wood, Part III
Natural oil that bonds gets thumbs up
The oil hardwood flooring finish we are testing in this blog works differently than those we’ve already shown you.
It does not soak into the wood like the others. Instead, it forms a molecular bond with the first microns of the wood surface. It is spot-repairable like the others, but that works differently, too. Only the scratch or abraded area will bond with the oil when it is spread over the damaged area.
After 10 minutes, you just wipe away the excess, and you are done.
Why could this be seen as an advantage over oils that soak into the wood?
It eliminates variable saturation.
Okay, but it also means the finished surface won’t take a second coat. So what do you do when you want it to look new again?
Areas that get worn will take the coat and bond with the oil, so, overtime, you just recoat them.
This is a plant-based oil that contains low amounts of modified or purified solvents, but it is zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). Another big plus: It comes in more than 30 colors, which eliminates the need to stain or dye the floor, assuming you like one of the colors.
For other colors, dyes, stains and other oils are available. But this oil saves a lot of steps. It doesn’t need sealing, it doesn’t need staining and it will not have to be sanded for normal maintenance ever again.
Add it to the lineup.©
Also see Oil on Wood, Part I and Oil on Wood, Part II.