Millie’s All-Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil has no chemical driers and is made using Sutherland Welles Ltd.® Botanical Tung Oil and beeswax.
The absence of driers make the finish Sutherland Welles Ltd.® most eco friendly and user friendly product. It has a radically different application process in that the goal is completely saturate the wood pore with multiple applications that don’t require any cure time in between, when to reapply another coat is determined by when the wood has absorbed the previous coat.
Most wood species require three applications to completely saturate the wood with the active application process taking only two days.
Each application will take longer for the wood to absorb than the previously coat. The beeswax in the formulation has multiple purposes. During application it coats the wood pore allowing the oil to fill the pore, not clog the pore as most wood often finishes do.
Once the wood is completely saturated, the beeswax acts as a barrier to keep the oil from mixing with the ambient air to harden the Tung Oil. This allows the fully saturated Tung Oil to be buffed off the surface. The beeswax helps create the beautiful low sheen with a super smooth feel. Once the finish is completely buffed off, Tung Oil needs about three days to cure before use.
Millie’s All-Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil is the perfect finish for wood cooking utensils, bowls and butcher blocks that you cut on. Millie’s All-Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil is also used by bowl turners wishing to turn green wood. The piece is turned and Millie’s All-Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil is applied and it’s placed in a paper bag to dry.
Millie’s allows the moisture in the green wood to gently release without stressing the wood fibers that often create checking and cracking in the drying process.