Danish, Deck & Tung Oil. What’s the difference?

We’re often asked what the difference is between our range of Gobelins Oils. Below is a brief description of and comparison between our Deck Oils, Danish Oils and Tung Oils.

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All the Danish/Deck Oils share the same parcel of ingredients; Vegetable Oil, Vegetable or Mineral Solvent, Urethane Water Repellent, Lead Free Drier, UV protection, Biocides and Transparent Iron Oxide pigments.

Our first product was the Danish Oil Original. This contains all the finest ingredients available such as Pure Gum Turpentine as a solvent, Linseed Oil, and then the same additives as the other oils, in varying proportions.

The Danish Oil MT is almost exactly the same as the Danish Oil Original except that the solvent used is a mineral solvent – and therefore is less expensive than the Original.

The Danish Oil Low VOC is the same as the Danish Oil Original but with the absolute minimum amount of solvent which allows the product to be classified as ‘Low VOC’ with regards to its environmental footprint. The product effectively becomes thicker and is good for cabinet makers and craftsmen particularly. If necessary it can be diluted with either Gum Turpentine or Mineral turpentine.

The Tung Oil Blend is exactly the same as the Danish Oil Original except that Pure Tung replaces the Linseed Oil, and the Pure Tung Oil is exactly that with no additives whatsoever (and zero VOC). These products are also favoured by craftsman and also musical instrument makers, due mainly the Tung Oil (also known as China Wood Oil) which dries harder than Linseed Oil.

The Deck Oils are formulated with a higher percentage of solvent and also only the Mineral Turpentine. This enables the product to be absorbed more easily into the hardwoods normally used on sundecks and is faster drying which is an advantage on decks where it is often important to be able to do two applications in one day. The Deck Oil is also the base of our stains in which case we add the appropriate transparent iron oxide colours which in addition to colouring the deck oil are an additional protection against the effects of UV.

All the products/ingredients were tested at the outset by SGS in the UK to comply with the EU requirements of coatings safe to be used on children’s wooden toys. Ditto the same test by SABS.

All the products/ingredients were tested at the outset by SGS in the UK to comply with the EU requirements of coatings safe to be used on children’s wooden toys. Ditto the same test by SABS.

 

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  • November 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM
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    I have sanded down a coffee table – made of Kiaat wood, it was previously varnished. It is under the covered patio, but does receive sun in the early morning and wind,splash back of rain and the elements that occur during a Cape Town winter! Should I use the Deck Oil or the Danish Oil/Danish Oil low VOC? How many ml should I buy, table is about 1.2m x 1,8mx 500mm in dimensions? Thanks for your advice.

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    • November 20, 2015 at 11:02 AM
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      Hi Sue, thanks for contacting us. To be honest, you wouldn’t go wrong with any of the above options for your table. We would recommend our Danish Oil Original if you are looking to keep it as close to the natural wood colour as possible. Our Danish Oil provides UV and mildew protection and is also water-resistant, offering great protection against the elements. We calculate coverage to be approximately 1lt/10sqm. For the dimensions you’ve given, we would recommend one 500ml bottle to allow for at least two initial coats, plus subsequent coats in the future. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Kind regards, The WoodCare Company.

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  • January 7, 2016 at 9:08 AM
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    I am a pensioner doing woodwork as a hobby.
    Could you please tell me where I can obtain tung oil in pretoria or vicinity.

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    • July 11, 2016 at 4:43 PM
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      Hello Nico,

      Apologies for the belated reply.

      We do not have any stockists currently in your area but we can ship to you directly via courier at the cost of R115 for orders up to 20kg. We supply Tung Oil in 500ml, 1lt, 5lt and 25lt containers.
      Kindly email us at info@thewoodcarecompany.co.za so we can send you our full price list and process your order further.

      Kind regards,
      Lisa

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