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oil finish on wood not drying (2)

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by john4703, 24 Jan 2021.

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    I posted this on the decorating forum but had no response so I thought I might get advice on DIY Disasters

    I treated my kitchen worktops with Howden's Prime Worktop Oil 7 hours ago. I did it exactly as I've done 4 or 5 times since the worktops were fitted two years ago.
    It has not dried, it is still tacky to the touch and looks really dull.
    It was the same tin as I've used before, and probably the same brush.
    I prepared the worksurface by washing it, rinsing it, letting it dry for a few hours then lightly sanding it. I also treated a new piece of plywood and that is also still looks matt and is tacky to the touch.
    Is it just this frosty weather or is something wrong?
    Any ideas are welcome.

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    If both worktop and plywood are the same then it's either the oil at fault or conditions you painted in.

    Where is the oil kept in storage?
     
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    The oil has been in the tin container it came in, and has been stored in the kitchen cupboard so should not have been subjected to extreme temperatures.
     
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    how thick did you apply the oil, and how long did you wait for it to soak in before wiping away the excess?

    Is your oil thinned with white spirit or something?
     
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    It is straight from the tin so no thinners.
    I just painted it on in a thin layer as if I was painting the surface. This is exactly the same as I've done a few times before. As I've done the same several times I can't understand why this time has gone wrong.
     
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    Did you stir the contents first?
     
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    Yes I shook the tin of oil.
     
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    yes, but some oil treatments for wood are thinned with white spirit or similar during manufacture. It makes it soak in quicker and dry quicker.

    "Danish Oil" is thinned, so is "Teak Oil".

    i found an old post that said 'Howdens Prime Worktop Oil WRK3595' the identical product is available online. The product is called 'Blackfriar Kitchen Wood Oil' but I don't know if it is thinned.

    I use (pure) linseed oil outside, and it is slow to soak in and slow to harden, and you have to wipe off excess or it turns to gum on the surface. This is very hard to remove, so if there is a risk of it happening to you, I would clean it off quickly.

    I am considering the possibility that the tin used to contain a mixture of oil and thinners, and the thinners may have evaporated since you first opened the tin.
     
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    Thanks,
    That is helpful. Knowing that white spirit is the right solvent will be a big help if I need to clean it all off tomorrow. (I finished oiling it all at 12:45 and it is now 20:35 so I'll leave it overnight).
     
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    I had some turn to gum overnight, but this was in hot sunny weather, lets hope you have more luck.

    if you feel round the top or side of an old used cooking oil bottle, you will find some gum. It eventually oxidises into a sort of varnish.
     
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    Is there any dates on it when you should use it by? How long have you had it stored?
    Is this the same stuff you have used the past 4-5 times?
     
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    I left it overnight and it dried to a matt finish. I threw away the rest of that tin of oil and opened a new tin (the old one had been opened two years ago when the kitchen was fitted). I gave the surfaces a coat with oil from the new tin and they look good and are nearly dry after 3 hours. I'll wait a couple of weeks and redo them.
    Thanks to everyone who gave me advice and information.
     
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    Good oh! It's just not worth keeping old stuff get it in the bin lol
    Glad to hear it's looking good
     
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