Oil finishes for interior wood

  • May 19, 2019 4:47 PM
    Message # 7350761

    I’m replacing the floor boards over my bilge areas. Going from a piece of painted marine ply to solid white oak and Sapele.  I want a finish but not a high shine that a varnish will give.  Will tongue oil (something good like Old Masters brand) hold up for this application?  I am aware that these board will age due to us walking on them.  

    What are some suggestions?

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  • May 20, 2019 9:37 AM
    Reply # 7351897 on 7350761

    Nice work Bryon , Tung oil can be used to maintain original color , hard wax oil will darken it up .

    Just my personal thought .... I would stain it dark and then use some Danish oil , Danish oil will darken it a bit also and is a good stain blocker   .  I have no idea how this will work on the Sapele . Try a test piece

    Watco makes Danish oil  $9.00 a can .

    Mark .

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  • May 20, 2019 2:23 PM
    Reply # 7352461 on 7350761

    Hello Bryon,

    Tung oil's great stuff but I've found that it can be a dust catcher and may start to look a little dirty over time. It can also be spontaneously combustible so make sure you dispose of any rags properly. I recently re-did the entire sole in our W32, I used 3 coats of a water based satin polyurethane, we think it has just right shine, non-slippery, and super durable.

    Good luck with your project.. Don

  • May 20, 2019 8:18 PM
    Reply # 7352910 on 7350761

    Mark and Don,

    thanks for for the replies.  After looking into it I am leaning on the polyurethane solution.  It seems to be the simplist and most durable way to go.  

    Ill post photos when im done.


  • May 26, 2019 11:24 AM
    Reply # 7436093 on 7350761


    I used a water based polyurethane to re-finish my cabin sole 7 years ago.  My sole boards are traditional Teak with Ash.  The finish has held up quite well and is just now getting to the point where I may consider a light sanding and re-coat.


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