Article: How To Apply Oil Finishes

In this article we will show you the technique and most often used products for using oils to finish wood and furniture. Keep in mind however, oils do not have resistance or protective qualities of more modern finishes and oiled surfaces are likely to become marked by wear and usage.

Oiling is one of the oldest treatments for preserving and finishing wood. Originally, linseed oil was used, which is derived from flax and dries by oxidation. Today, oil finishes are very popular, as they can be restored and maintained very easily. Unlike some varnishes and sprayed finishes, they do not conceal the wood's grain, but enhance it.