How Do You Make Teak Oil?


Quick Answer

To make teak oil, use either boiled linseed or tung oil, combine it with a solvent such as petroleum distillate or naphtha, and add a bit of alkyd or polyurethane varnish to add luster and moisture-protection qualities to the oil. When buying the varnish, check if its solvents are compatible with your chosen oil.

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The steps in making teak oil include pouring a finishing oil in a container and adding a similar amount of compatible paint thinner. Next, wipe a sample of the teak oil on the material that you intend to finish, and check for slight discoloration and an oily look on the surface, which indicate that the oil seeps well into the material.

Increase the amount of oil or solvent as desired. The varnish should make up around 10 percent of the overall mixture. Wipe again on the material, and add more oil, solvent or varnish to the mixture as necessary.

Teak oil serves as a wiping varnish that functions both as a finishing oil and a film finish. It contains a combination of oils and solvents that allow it to penetrate materials deeply with minimal surface visibility.

Boiled linseed oil and tung oil are good choices for making a teak oil, as they harden in the grain and protect the material. Paint thinner is a common content in most teak oil products. Another option is naphtha, which quickly evaporates.

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