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Now I realise that wood oil may not be the most exciting thing to read a review about but I LOVE wood and it gives me a chance to witter about it...
Firstly, Colron are a long standing and established company a good reputation, so you are buying a decent product. The cost will vary according to product size but a 500ml bottle of Danish oil will start at around £5.00. A bargain imo because a little goes a long way and it has so many uses.
If you have raw untreated soft or hardwood in your house, be it furniture or skirting etc, then this oil would certainly be an excellent purchase. Danish oil will not only enhance the natural properties of any wood that it is used on, it will also protect and ensure the long life of the item.
This oil is a staple in my house alongside other wood finishing products such as raw linseed and spirit varnish ingredients. I work a lot with various types of wood as I am training to be a luthier, therefore my kitchen is an apothecary of various oils and potions for this purpose.
Danish oil is a wood finishing oil, made of either tung oil or a type of polymerized linseed oil. Considered to be "long oil", this is a mix of oil and varnish with oil being the predominant quantity ( usually 1/3 varnish to 2/3 oil). This product is hard-wearing and unlike varnishes it allows the natural beauty of the wood to breathe. I am not a fan of any varnish apart from hand rubbed spirit finishes so this oil gets a lot of use. It will not give you a gloss hard finish, rather a gentle sheen.
This oil is created usually from an extract derived from nuts which are grown on trees mainly in China or South America. This oil is then processed with various resins, vegetable based oils and drying solvents so it is not 100% natural. If this matters to you then you could use a raw linseed followed by a spirit varnish such as shellac based french polish. ( although this is not vegan/ veggie friendly as thousands of beetles are squished to get the shellac )
Danish oil is fast drying therefore will attract far less dust than a linseed for example.
Uses- Indoor and Outdoor:
This oil is superb for things like tool handles, table tops, work tops, skirting boards, bare wood doors and floors etc. It can be used as a finish or as a primer/sealer on bare wood. Also excellent for protecting wooden garden furniture from rot , tongue and groove, cladding etc.
For a large surface, pour the oil directly onto the wood and use a rag to hand rub the oil into the wood or a good quality varnish brush. It is best to apply several coats over a period of days, allowing each layer to fully dry and penetrate the wood. This can then be repeated as necessary for indoor items, but use it more regularly for outdoor wood. For the best result wipe off any excess oil after application.
Don't be daunted, you do not need to be an expert or even particularly careful to apply this oil. Work with the grain and not against it and allow 20 mins after application before you buff it up again to ensure an even coat. The reapply as needed. The wood may initially look a tad patchy but this will sort itself out as you apply more coats to the wood. Although not particularly offensive, some ventilation is recommended.
Wear gloves if you have sensitive skin due to the varnish element. Also the rags that are used for rubbing the oil into the wood can actually combust so the advice is to soak them in water or dry then flattened out before disposal. I use mine to light my fire but that is probably not advised ;)
In conclusion this is an excellent product for bare/raw wood and gives a far nicer finish than hard varnishes. It allows the wood to breathe and looks beautiful. 100% recommended.
We have a gorgeous wooden dining table (which is now covered with an oil cloth to protect it from the kids and their messy dinners, felt pens, play doh etc) and also a wooden worktop by our sink. They both look amazing as I love the wooden look but they also take a lot of looking after and care to keep them looking nice. If you look after them and oil them often I beleive you can keep them looking as good as new but it is something you need to remember to do. I have seen another wooden worktop that my friends just ignored and it needed replacing after a year as they did nothing to it. We have had ours for six years now and it still looks great and I think thats because we treat it with this wood oil every couple of months.
The wood oil we use is Colron Danish Oil. It is described as a unique blend of natural oils and produces a durable water resistant finish. The oil comes in a metal tin with a screw top lid that you need to press the sides in to release so it is very difficult for it to come open and spill on its own which is great otherwise it would make an unbelieveable mess! According to the tin, "The Colron range has been developed using ingredients which have been improved upon over time to enhance and protect the appearance of fine interior or exterior wood. Colron Refined Danish Oil is a superior blend of natural oils and resins that penetrate the wood to provide a tough, durable waterproof finish while enriching the wood grain to provide a beautiful low sheen lustre. It enriches the wood's natural patina while providing protection from the inside out, making it ideal for use on both interior and exterior wood.
THey say you can apply this oil with a brush but I prefer to use the other method which is to add a generous amount to a lint free cloth. Then all you do is basically rub the oil well into the grain of the wood. Its easy to see where and where you haven't applied it as you can see the sheen while you are doing it so I find it easy to get a nice even coverage. One word of warming I would give, this oil really does smell, its very strong and quite intoxicating so I generally plan to use it right before we are going out for the day so we do not have to smell the fumes or leave it until its a nice day so you can have the windows and doors open to help the smell escape. It will smell for a day or two after use but then you do not smell it at all.
When I oil my sink I make sure that it is completely dry before I start oiling it so I don't do any washing up for a few hours before. Once I have applied the oil you can really tell the difference. I think it makes the whole kitchen look brighter and it definitely gives the surface a sheen again which I love. You can tell that's its waterproof too as when I spill some water on it from the tap you can see the little droplets forming on the top as they are not able to soak into the wood. In this way I can tell my wood is really protected and why it has lasted this long.
My table looks fabulous also. After I have applied it the wood is a bit tacky for a couple of hours so I make sure no one touches it to really give it a chance to dry. Then you can treat it as you would normally after that. I recommend oiling once every couple of months to get the most out of your wood and Colron Danish Oil is the brand I recommend too.
A lot of people are now stripping down old furniture to give it a new lease of life and I've done a fair bit of this myself - experimenting with various finish options.
I normally use a waxed finish but wax does not really penetrate the surface to any meaningful extent; a friend recommended this product, which is a blend of natural oils and resins, and showed me a coffee table he had done himself. Suitably impressed, I bought some the next time I was in my local Homebase and have since tried it out on a table of my own.
The product comes in a 500ml metal container with a safety cap and can be obtained in a number of different shades. It is for indoor use only and must be used in a well-ventilated area. At first, the detailed instructions on the back of the tine look a little daunting and the natural inclination is to take short cuts. However, I would urge all users to ensure they have the right materials and to follow the instructions to the letter and you will be rewarded with a finish that will last for ages and look really good.
If I were to try to describe what this product does for the wood, it's a bit like a freshly scrubbed face. Once it is clean, it tends to dry up and many people have seen the benefit of daily moisturising. This oil is really moisturiser for the wood. Especially after sanding, wood can look really nice and it is tempting to leave the finish as is. However, leaving it unprotected will leave it open to water stains and it will gradually lose its initial appeal.
By applying this product in accordance with the instructions, applying several layers, you will add a deep rich lustre to your surface and provided you apply the layers as directed, it will build up into a waterproof protective finish.
It does seem a bit odd at first when you are asked to brush it on, and then wipe it off, but the secret to success in using this is using the right amount of product - don't be too stingy and don't splosh too much around - and wipe off any excess, allowing time between each coat.
If you are embarking on a project to oil your wood, I would set aside a week to complete the task. By rushing the job and taking shortcuts, you can only be disappointed with the outcome.
It's quite expensive stuff, but as with many things in life you get what you pay for.
I use Colron danish oil to waterproof sets of wooden arrows i produce for my archery obsession.
The oil can be purchased for the reasonable price of £10 - £15 from most large hardware retailers such as B&Q and Wicks.
It comes in 500ml cans which, if used in small amounts as in my case, will last you a fair while. If you plan to use the oil for furniture or large wooden structures, one can may not be sufficient.
The can has a safety screw top cap to keep the contents safely out of childrens way. Be sure to keep the cap clean after use as build ups of oil can cause the lid to stick and requires much force to unscrew.
Safety instructions are clearly marked on the can and great care should be taken when using the oil. Gloves are recommended as the oil can dry out your skin after excessive use.
The oil should only be used in an open and well ventilated area as it does contain a high VOC content.
The oil is designed to waterproof and strengthen the grain on the wood and in my experience it does this exceedingly well.
The oil requires 6 hours drying time between coats which can make a task time consuming, especially when applying 3 coats.
After all the applying and drying you are left with a beautiful finish and wood that will remain in good condition for years to come.
With the banisters and stairs newly stripped, it was time to decide what to do with the new banister and internal doors. We wanted them to blend with the existing stairs, which are over 100 years old, but didn't want to use a traditional stain.
So, having looked around the d.i.y. store and on the website, I decided on this product.
This comes in a 500ml tin with a screw off top and all the instructions, warnings, directions for use etc clearly stated.
I bought the antique pine varnish which I decided would nicely tone in with the existing woodwork.
Open the bottle and the product is a mid brown colour with a very oily(!) smell.
The liquid is quite runny so before I even started using it, I thanked my lucky stars that there were no carpets on thye floor, because I could see what was going to happen...lots of brown stains!
This product promises to:
*enhance and protect your wood over time
*give a durable, waterproof finish
* enrich the wood's natural patina
*provide protection from the inside out
* be suitable for interior and exterior wood
HOW TO USE IT
The oil can be applied over bare wood or wood which has previously been oiled, so that's handy for all those people who don't want to start stripping-wood that is.
Give the bottle a good shake- with the top on and then pour a generous amount of the oil onto a lint free cloth and wipe over the wood, rubbing it well into the grain.
If you prefer, you can apply the oil using a brush...more of that later; I tried both methods.
Leave 6 hours between coats and when you have applied the final coat, give it a rub down for a lasting sheen.
There is a very big warning that the product has a high VOC content.
As with many products like this, it is highly flammable and should be kept away from naked flames and out of the reach of children
Avoid contact with the eyes and do not swallow.
I basically think these are common sense but I suppose there is a need to write them all on the tin.
Phone Technical Services on:
Tel: 0114 2467171
Provides lots of information about the product, as well as advice on choosing the right product for your project.
Shows the range of colours available, which range from clear oil to the darkest of oils.
HOW I FOUND THE PRODUCT
As I said earlier, I had to do the internal doors (2 of them) as well as the new banisters and newel posts so I had a relatively big job on my hands.
I bought 2 x 500ml bottles of the oil at a cost of under £25 and having finished the whole job, still have half a tin left, so I don't think that was too bad.
The oil is easy to apply; I tried it using the cloth and the paint brush method and can honestly say that the cloth is the easiest and the less messy option. All you have to do is make sure that it really is workied carefully into the grain and not allowed to drip, because then you could end up with unrealistic dark brown patches or worse still, nasty drips.
When I applied it with the brush, it was much more difficult to control and I found that I had to keep brushing over the wood, so quickly gave up on that idea.
One word of warning, though; if applying using a cloth, don't do it without gloves as I did- your hands will dry hard. Nothing a bit of soap and water didn't sort out though.
The smell as I applied it was quite pleasant- a bit like a very strong olive oil, ( a bit more pungent I suppose). In no way did it completely overpower us and leave us having to open every window whilst we gasped for air, nor did it make me "high".
I was working with bare wood, and as stated, wanted to get a 100 year old pine stain.
After 3 coats and lots of rubbing, I achieved this and have now got some lovely antique looking doors and an aged looking banister, even though I didn't leave the suggested 6 hours between coats. The wood does look slightly darker after each coat and I believe it's probably up to you as to how many coats you apply, depending on the required finish; if you were to want it alot darker, though, rather than keep applying coats of the same varnish, i would be tenpted to buy a darker varnish.
To conclude, then, this is an easy to apply product and one which gave me the desired finished result, which is all we can ask for from a product.
Thanks for reading...off to the next project.