Creating a longer lasting oil finish on kitchen worktops

Traditional oils such as Danish Oil or linseed oil are good all round finishes but it can take a considerable time to achieve sufficient protection on worktops and furniture. If an oiled finish that gives more protection without the need for regular reoiling is required; read on.

Finney’s Microporous Hardwax Oil has a very high wax content which, unlike many hardwax oils, produces an incredibly smooth finish. In addition special resins give excellent protection against knocks and spills. As this type of oil is paler than Danish Oil, if you want to darken the wood to the same degree as a linseed oil based product, apply a thin coat of Danish Oil first and when dry continue with Finney’s Microporous Hardwax Oil.

What to do
Apply a thin coat of oil by cloth or by brush making sure that any excess is either wiped off or that the oil is brushed well out in a thin coat. Lightly cut the surface back when dry with 800 Wet ‘N’ Dry Abrasive Paper and after cleaning with a Tack Cloth apply a second coat. Two coats are usually sufficient on beech and oak, three coats usually being required for pine. Simple.

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Our range of wood finishing products has been developed over many years so that customers can be assured of compatibility and of achieving excellent results. The advice given here refers solely to the specific products mentioned and not to other manufacturers products which although may appear to be similar, invariably are not.