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Rockler's Tung Oil

A tough, penetrating, all-natural finish that seals out water and isn't affected by alcohol or acetone.
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Pure tung oil forms a tough, all-natural oil finish that seals out water, and is completely unaffected by alcohol or acetone. It penetrates deep into wood pores, sealing the surface and creating a smooth, satiny sheen. This Rockler exclusive finish is made from 100% pure tung oil, making it one of the safest and highest quality oil finishes available. Choose from pint or quart sizes.
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Brand Rockler
Tech Spec
  • Buffing Dry Time: 10 minutes
  • Dry to Recoat: 24 hours
  • Suggested Application: Cotton rag
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Sand through 220 grit and wipe clean
  • Clean Up: Mineral Spirits
  • Use: Interior
Dry Time 15 min
Color Clear
Size Pint, Quart
Use Interior
4.7 / 5.0
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Replacement for Gillespie Rockler's Tung Oil Please share your experience. Rockler's Tung Oil My overall rating: One out of five starsTwo out of five starsThree out of five starsFour out of five starsFive out of five stars Review Title:
I could not find a source for Gillespie's tung oil and a clerk recommended Rockler's brand. I used it on a hard maple frame, I followed the directions. The results were excellent and matched my experience with Gillespie's.
January 26, 2020
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler Tung Oil
The oil seems very good. It mixes well with other oil-based products and cures well.
October 21, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good product order it when I run out again
November 28, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
No worries
Worked as expected. No issues.
April 30, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Hickory tabletop looks great!!
I used the Tung oil on a hickory tabletop that I built. I put on 6-7 coats and I love the look and feel. Not shiny and feels natural. Also brings out the grain pattern.
Hickory table
Hickory table
April 26, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good old 100% pure tung oil. What more is there to say. Nice to find real tung oil.
April 15, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great
I used this to finish beetle kill pine boards. I thinned it with mineral oil and applied two coats. It worked great and really brought out the contrast of the different colors in the pine. I also appreciated that it is a nato product and doesn’t have a strong smell.
Beetle kill pine finished with tung oil
Beetle kill pine finished with tung oil
December 16, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rocklers Tung Oil an excellent product
I have been a professional woodworker for over 50 years. I was always taught to back-prime all exterior wood products. I placed one coat of 50/50 Tung Oil and whole spirits of turpentine for the first coat on all weather exposed lawn furniture 3 years ago and 100 % on the second coat on Adirondack cedar chairs, they are still as beautiful as when I put it on. Made for a fifty year Wedding Anniversary gift. Awesome.
October 20, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best Organic Finish Ever!!!
The very best organic finish.
September 24, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beautiful on cherry
Would recommend
June 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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To try, check quality
Charles S on Aug 20, 2018
Rockler brand along with 5-star rating is dependable.
Roger L on Aug 9, 2018
To try, check quality
Charles S on Aug 20, 2018
Used Waterlox for countertops.I don’t mind the long drying time, but since it’s part varnish, the problem of nibs, runs, and streaking make it a giant headache. You cannot rub or buff after minimal sanding. It leaves a milky, cloudy finish. I use Watco Danish oil on other pieces, because you simply wipe and rub, but your reviews convinced me real Tung Oil is a better choice for all my antique furniture. Long drying time is ok. Poor results (Waterlox) are not.
Connie D on Aug 15, 2018
Rockler brand along with 5-star rating is dependable.
Roger L on Aug 9, 2018
Have used before and very satisfied with results
S T on Jun 2, 2018
used before, as primer, and it worked really well
CAROL P on Apr 6, 2018
Wanted the protection and natural look that tung oil provides.
Dave B on Apr 3, 2018
wipe on cypress paneling we just bought
carol k on Mar 5, 2018
l paul S on Feb 1, 2018
Running low
David W on Jan 28, 2018
This keeps coming up as a finish of choice for wood projects, so I wanted to try it myself.
Jeremy on Dec 11, 2017
It's pure unlike many others!
Katherine B on Dec 8, 2017
This is the only pure Tung Oil I could find. I'm working on restoring the teak on the boat we inherited from the Hubster's grandfather. The teak has been neglected for years, so I want to nourish it with the pure oil before coating with any finish and varnish.<br /><br />Disclaimer: This is my first brightwork restoration, so I cannot say this is the preferred way to do it. It just seems to make sense to "feed" the wood with pure oil before sealing it all up with finish or varnish.
Stephanie B on Aug 5, 2017
Have used before. GOOD PRODUCT
Alan H on May 4, 2017
Good reviews
Kathleen J on Mar 28, 2017
Oil for my Greenland Paddle
Danielle H on Mar 5, 2017
I have the brains of a tomato.
Tracy P on Feb 28, 2017
Good price
Juan A on Oct 8, 2016
I prefer tung oil to linseed oil because it seals better and protects the wood better.
Matthew V on Aug 4, 2016
Finish workbench top
WILLIAM Z on Jul 28, 2016
recommended to me
wayne w on Jul 19, 2016
I needed some pure tung oil - to coat wooden utensils for kitchen, some cutting boards, as well as a few other things. Like to keep it on hand.
Paige M on Jul 10, 2016
Only 100% tung oil I could find on the market. It has done a good job on my front door. Door is protected from UV and water by a large porch as this product is "interior" tung oil. The only "exterior" tung oil ever made is not longer on the market.
Carol J on Jul 4, 2016
I have a dresser that is more than 100 years old. I found it in an old garage covered in multiple layers of paint. I stripped it and found the most beautiful maple wood. I have been using a high quality tung oil every two years to help preserve its beauty. I know Rockler's quality will not let me down.
Eric F on May 29, 2016
Want to play around with this as a finish.
Isak Z on May 16, 2016
Been wanting to try the Tung oil finish on some small projects and the reviews of the product were helpful.
Greg M on Apr 26, 2016
This type of product is not available from hardware stores in my area.
James B on Apr 25, 2016
Shaker Workshops no longer sells this type of product, so I searched the internet for something I hope is similar
Cindy E on Feb 5, 2016
have used it before
Ted on Feb 1, 2016
Really like the 100% pure tung oil as a finish.
JOHN H on Dec 9, 2015
Finish for crosses
DANNY M on Oct 28, 2015
Used tung oil before and it worked great.
Tony G on Aug 2, 2015
My pud huge
Adam C on Jul 3, 2015
It's a Pure product.
Joshua C on Jun 16, 2015
100% pure Tung oil................
Mark K on Jun 15, 2015
food safe surface
Kenny S on May 31, 2015
it's the only 100% tung oil I could find
sally b on May 16, 2015
Used Waterlox for countertops.I don’t mind the long drying time, but since it’s part varnish, the problem of nibs, runs, and streaking make it a giant headache. You cannot rub or buff after minimal sanding. It leaves a milky, cloudy finish. I use Watco Danish oil on other pieces, because you simply wipe and rub, but your reviews convinced me real Tung Oil is a better choice for all my antique furniture. Long drying time is ok. Poor results (Waterlox) are not.
Connie D on Aug 15, 2018
Have used before and very satisfied with results
S T on Jun 2, 2018
Can you put tung oil on wood that has mineral oil applied?
Kit C on Dec 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Why not? It's just another oil.
Can this be used on new outdoor eucalyptus furniture before first use?
Doug T on Apr 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If it is bare wood, what reason would make you think you could not put this product on it?
Has anyone used the General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (gloss) over the Rockler pure tung oil? If so, how long should I let the tung oil cure before applying Arm-R-Seal? And do I need to prep the tung finish (ie: 0000 steel wool, etc) prior as well?

I made a silverware chest for my great grandmother's wedding set and have about 4 coats of pure tung oil on it. I picked up a pint of this finish for use on another project and absolutely LOVE the results! So much so that I really want to use it on the exterior of the quarter-sawn white oak & lacewood chest, but not at the expense of sanding down the tung oil. Also, any recommendations for masking off areas I don't want the finish to get on (specifically the inside edges of the top and drawer). It's easier to control where it goes, being a wipe on finish, but any extra protection would be great.

Thanks in advance!
David S on Jan 10, 2017
Rockler's Tung Oil
Rockler's Tung Oil
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Gloss
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Gloss
BEST ANSWER: Yes, though for the satin rather than the gloss. I put on 5 coats of Tung and then three of Arm-R-Seal on a red oak panel. I did not sand between the Tung coats, but did sand and hand-buff between the Arm-R-Seal coats to denib and smooth. It worked fine, though I waited 2 weeks+ before adding that topcoat. Also, I only put the poly on one side of the panel.

Any poly will help with durability, and 4 coats of Tung is probably not enough protection, so do it. Poly can always go over a drying oil, and there's little need to sand under it since the poly makes it irrelevant.

I tried masking off my tenons and mortises from the Tung, with mediocre results. Having used the poly, I think it might work slightly better.
I want to use this on the face of my fireplace will the heat affect this product ( tung oil) ?
Stan P on Nov 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I’ve had it on my mantel that is over fireplace and even on the sides. No problems whatsoever.
can I mix tung oil with a polyeurethane for a table top and if so how do I do it and what type of poly do I use?
kenq w on Nov 25, 2016
Is tung oil good as a musical instrument (guitar) finish?
Peter L on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think that Lacquer work much better and is a more traditional finish for instruments
Help Rockler Tung oil will not dry. I have used this product before with success, but it is not drying on a Dutch Elm table top. First coat cut (55/50) with mineral spirits was reasonably dry when I applied a second coat of 100% Tung oil. I wiped off the excess afterward. It's been 3 days now and it is still oily to the touch. I was planning to top coat with a General Finishes Oil and Urethane top coat, but I am holding off. Any suggestions how to get it dry, if not how do I take remove it?
Brad M on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: First, I'm going to presume the tung oil was "fresh" (not containing globs or such). I personally have not had problems with the Rockler Tung Oil for up to a year when properly stored. You say the first coat was "reasonably" dry. If it was less than 24 hours, it may not have been as dry as you thought. If you applied the second coat and it was not dry, you may be looking at up to 30 days before the top coat "drys". Depending on temperature and humidity, I've had to wait two or three weeks between the full strength top coats. Unfortunately, I have not found or heard of a way to accelerate the drying. Good news is you are on the right track with the oil based Poly top coat. Might want to look at YouTube (Charles Neil, WoodWhisperer, etc.). Removing = taking off top coat of wood. Tung Oil (pure) is a penetrating oil. Not too much else to say. Good luck and lots of patience.
Is this good for clear cedar window and door trims?
Tony M on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would think it would be fine for interior use bit I wouldn't use it for exterior use.
Is this food safe (FDA approved)?
Dan N on Apr 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is labeled as pure (100 percent) Tung oil and should be food safe once cured. I'm not aware of FDA approvals however. There are on-line sources which may bea able to answer that and proved additional information.
I am restoring a mahogany table and want to know if I apply tung oil to the wood, can I or should I apply a polyurethane over the tung oil?
George L on Dec 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest putting a coat or two of poly on after the tung oil has completely dried. Tung oil is great at bringing out the grain in any wood and if you don’t want to maintain the tung oil by itself A couple coats of poly would minimize your maintenance aswell as add durability to your project while giving you great results.
I have an ipe wood deck. Can I use Tung Oil on it to bring out the color of the ipe and preserve the wood?
Adria on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend this product for rehydrating wood. I have never used it on ipe wood. Even if I was to use it on outdoor surfaces, I would seal it with another product.
Is tung oil a good substitute for varnish on kitchen cabinets; if so should it be cut with mineral spirits? thanks
Tim W on Apr 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Cut for first coat only. Put on several coats, wipe off excess 15 min later, then sand lightly with 220 grit and put on several coats of urethane or shellac. LIGHTLY sand between coats. Rub with pumace last for a smooth finish.
Can I use Tung Oil on refinishing Hardwood floors?
Kathy L on May 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Tung oil is great for hardwood floors, once it is applied that is. The problem is that tung oil takes some time to cure between coats and then to really cure after the final coat. And you need to do a few coats. It is beautiful when done properly and is easy to freshen up when needed. Unlike many other finishes, if you get a scratch or a scuff in the floor, or if you want to freshen up a high traffic area, it is very easy to fix without having to do the entire floor like you would with a poly finish, for example.
I would like to finish a new, rough sawn pine floor in a studio cabin that is not lived in. Is Tung Oil appropriate?
Deb H on Feb 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Tung oil might work but I would recommend use a wood floor varnish when it cures it's harder doesn't scuff.
I’m looking to finish my laminated 2x4 pine workbench top with Tung Oil. Directions posted in the description say drying time is 15 minutes. I’m not really sure what this is referring to, because I’m expecting this bench to take 35+ days to dry. Can anyone provide a rough application schedule? I’m guessing apply day 1, day 4, day 8, day 12, day 16, and then wait 30 days before fully dry. Please share if a different schedule is recommended. Thanks!
kBot86 on Sep 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: First cut the tung oil with 50% low oder mineral oil. Let it dry for a week. Then put a coat of 100% tung. This will take 2 to 3 weeks to dry. You might want to apply a second coat.
can I use it on weathered cedar & locust outdoor furniture?
T C P on Dec 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When I was learning to fly I asked my flying instructor if the little Cessna we were in could land on the water. His reply was “Sure...once”. I feel a bit the same about your question. You certainly can use it on weathered cedar and locust, but I have no idea what the result might be. I would try it on a hidden area and watch it for a while to see if you like what you get. In general, I think the Rockler tung oil is a superb product. I just used it on a set of bar stools made with Courbaril and Red Oak. Customer is very pleased. Good luck
Will this darken madrona?
Jeffrey R on Dec 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The only thing I've found that does not darken wood in myexperience is a waterbased varnish or poly. I've found this particular brand of 100% Tung Oil to be an excellent product however.
Hope this helps a little,
Bob Joyce
Will this work for exterior doors? I have used waterlox 2 step sealer for 3 years but it has to be reapplyed every few months. I’m looking for something that is easier to reapply since I figure the West Texas sun will be harsh to any type of sealer.
Elizabeth Z on Nov 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is for interior use and will not stand up used on exterior surfaces
Can tung oil be used on pressure treated wood?
Paul F on Jul 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. Someone more knowledgeable may give a good reason not to, but here is my reasoning. I used pressure treated (PT) wood for my deck. I coated it with an Olympic clear sealer that, according to can and MSDS sheet, basically boiled linseed oil and dissolved paraffin. The linseed oil is a penetrating oil that goes down into the wood, like tung oil is supposed to, and then cures (dries). So far I see no difference. Now the clear sealant contains UV protectors, and the paraffin that helps waterproof. But unless you need those, it seems like they would both work. Caution: make sure the wood is DRY. Pressure treated pine that I buy from local lumberyards or big box stores are ALWAYS wet; so wet we never even space the boards; knowing they will shrink enough to leave a 1/4" or so gap. That's a lot of moisture content. Now a question/ consideration. Why would one use PT wood indoors? Why would one use PT wood OUTDOORS without UV protection? Although it appears to me you CAN use tung oil on PT wood, there may be more effective & cheaper alternatives. SUMMARY: for small projects not needing UV protection, it should work OK on DRY pressure treated wood. On larger projects outdoors it 'can be used' - but is it wise to do so? Clear sealers are about 1/2 the price & have UV protection. (also note: this particular product of 100% tung oil says "Interior" use.)
Is tung oil non yellowing on light colored wood such as maple?
Charles S on Nov 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will still get a yellow tint using tung oil on light colored woods such as maple. If you are going to use a finish that is non yellowing, try water based finishes. They do the trick
Is this pure tung oil a soft finish, a blend, that dries in the wood? Or does this build up layers like a regular varnish ?
Julian J on Apr 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is a soft finish but it does dry and will build layers. However, each coat is extremely thin and will take forever to get the kind of build you see with varnish.
Can it be used over a tung oil that has varnish?
Jane H on Aug 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I don't know about that. I've always used it on either bare wood or stained wood but never anything that already had a finish on it.
How does this affect the color of the wood, particularly pine?
Mark R on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: tung oil leaves a light finish with a slightly amber color
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