Refinishing Using Tung Oil

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    • 1). Place your piece of furniture on drop cloths before you apply a stain stripper. Spray or brush on your stain stripper and allow it to set for the manufacturer's recommended amount of time.

    • 2). Use your plastic scraper to scrape off excess clear coatings or stain that have been lifted by your stain stripper.

    • 3). Wipe down the surface of your furniture with a rag dampened with paint thinner. The paint thinner will help remove the sticky feeling left behind from the stain stripper. Allow your furniture to dry overnight after using the stain stripper and paint thinner.

    • 4). Sand the surface of your furniture with your 100-grit sandpaper, and follow with your 150-grit sandpaper. Sanding will help to remove more of your old stain pigment. Sand in the direction of the grain and not against it. If you sand against the grain you will create scratches that are difficult to remove.


    • 1). Apply a light coat of stain to your stripped and sanded furniture with your stain brush. Wipe off excess stain with a clean rag. When you strip stain off of furniture, it is next to impossible to get all of the stain pigment out of the wood pores. If you apply your tung oil without staining first, you may end up with a blotchy appearance on the surface of your furniture.

    • 2). Allow your stain to dry overnight before applying your tung oil finish. The majority of stains are oil based, and require a minimum of eight hours to completely dry.

    • 3). Use your stain brush to apply a light coat of tung oil on the entire wood surface of your furniture. Wipe off excess tung oil with your stain brush, or with your rag.

    • 4). Lightly sand the surface of your furniture with your 220-grit sandpaper and wipe off the sanding dust with a rag. When you apply finishes to wood, it will raise the wood grain. Light sanding will provide a smooth feel to the surface of your wood.

    • 5). Apply at least four more coats of tung oil to your furniture, and allow each coat to dry overnight before applying the next coat. Sand between each coat of tung oil that you apply.

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