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Old 12-07-2018, 09:47 AM   #41
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Tru oil gives much more depth and color to a stock finish than tru-oil. Therein lies the major difference.
Ok I'm confused, "Tru oil and tru-oil." Is one Timberlux ?
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:23 AM   #42
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Yeah... you heard me.

I meant tumberluxe gives more depth and color than tru-oil. I have corrected my original post.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:37 AM   #43
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No argument here. You finish a lot more stocks than I do. I just don't see much difference on the guns I have finished with Timberluxe. I stain most of my stocks with alkanet root so the color benefit of Timberluxe is not important to me.
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True. I have been using Teak oil sealer with alkenes root for my sealer and filling coats a lot lately. It makes whatever I use for the top coat go a lot farther.
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Years ago, I wrote an article for the Winchester Collector Magazine on wood finishes, off the top of my head (without pulling up my notes), a few key points:

The three most common plant oils which set (dry) on their own are linseed, walnut and tung; only drying oils form a cohesive, hard film when used as a wood finish.

Linseed oil has a few issues. When you first wipe linseed on a stock, the wood really pops… it’s gorgeous. But… linseed oil continues to oxidize, and darkens with age. I have seen some linseed finishes that were so dark that they were almost black.

As a wood protectant, linseed oil is not very good, it easily allows moisture and moisture vapor to penetrate.

Finally, it’s very slow drying and need the addition of metallic dryers.

The primary ingredients in Timberlux seem to be: Naphtha (thinner), equal amounts of linseed and sunflower oils and a smidgen of metallic driers. As noted above, linseed oil is not a great wood protector, and I have no idea on the protective qualities of sunflower oil as nobody recommend it for anything more than “food safe” applications such as cutting boards and salad bowls. And only if you cannot use walnut oil due to nut allergies.

Tru-Oil contains solvent, a proprietary modified oil and only about 13% linseed oil.

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I use walnut oil to finish most of my salad and utility bowls. My understanding is that the two biggest benefits in that application is that it doesn’t.t turn rancid and that it slowly drys, both of these qualities are desirable for what I do. I never have known of walnut oil to be used as a finish for atheistic pieces. There are some blends that could possibly be alright. I appreciate the facts Mr. Hunter talked about.
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