Wood Countertop Oil? Tung vs Mineral
I am going in 2 different directions for my Island countertop. There won't be a sink. I have read a lot about Waterlox and see that is a good direction.
However, if we decide we want to cut on it (probably a portion of it) we are also researching oil. Also, I just love the natural look of the wood. Nothing shiny. I did do a sample of Waterlox on a cutting board. It looks really nice- but I don't know if we want the "furniture look". I am aware you wouldn't cut on the WL.
SO, I've been reading about tung oil/citrus blend that DeVos Woodworking recommends. It's from Milk Paint Co. (actually 2 products I believe that you mix together. http://www.realmilkpaint.com/oil.html
Supposedly you do not have to re-oil nearly as much as with mineral. Some people say only once or twice a year vs. monthly mineral oil treatments.
I also was told by DeVos that if you have the tung oil finish and decide you want to Waterlox you can put the WL over it after a few weeks without sanding down to bare like you would do with mineral oil.
From the DeVos site:
Tung Oil/Citrus Finish (recommended for tops used as cutting surfaces)
We highly recommend the Tung Oil/Citrus finish over the mineral oil finish for tops that will be used as cutting surfaces. Pure tung oil is FDA approved and non-toxic by nature. Citrus solvent, which is 98% orange peel oil and 2% water, is added to tung oil to hasten the drying process and deepen the penetration of the oil into the wood. The oil penetrating into the wood makes the surface resistant to water and chemical damage. Surfaces treated with the Tung Oil/Citrus finish have an overall matte quality while still retaining their natural appearance.
DeVos Custom Woodworking applies four coats of the Tung Oil/Citrus finish to ensure a well-oiled finish. Another advantage of using this finish is that the finish only needs to be renewed about every six months to a year, depending on usage, as opposed to a mineral oil finish that needs monthly attention.
*Any thoughts? : )