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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tru-Oil. Here's Your Chance


If you hate Amazon, you're living in denial.

This is a great price for any finish. If you don't use much finish at a time, decant the Tru Oil into smaller bottles, and keep them sealed.

11 comments:

  1. What is Tru-Oil? Is it really an oil or wiping varnish finish? From your description in an earlier post it sounded more like a Shellac-based product (say like qualasole), but after reading about it on other sites today it sounds like it's a varnish mixed with a small amount of linseed oil.

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  2. Actually I answered my own question with the MSDS for Tru-Oil. It's 56% mineral spirits, 11% linseed oil and 33% "modified oil" -- which I assume is some sort of varnish or resin.

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  3. Jameel

    Great tip. I ordered four of the big jugs. Since they come sealed I will just let them sit is a cool, dark place until needed.

    Don

    PS I've always assumed it was primarily a polymerized tung oil finish, it sure acts like it.

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  4. Jameel,

    Ordered a couple bottles too.. Do you just use this as an all purpose finish? I know I've read that you use Minwax Antique Oil as well. I'm trying to broaden out beyond BLO and waterlox, but I'm always curious about what specific applications to use something on.

    Did you use tru-oil on your carvers vise there? (btw, I finally finished mine, I'll send some pictures over later this week).

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    1. I have not used it for large work. Dining tables, large chests, etc. But there's no reason not to. It goes a long way, and even though I can get a quart of Antique Oil for about $10, a quart of TO will build a lot faster, and be more durable, even thought it pricier. No, I didn't use it on the carver's vise. But it would be ideal for it.

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  5. Any suggestions on the type of smaller plastic bottles to get for dividing and storing (as in the type of plastic)?

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  6. If you hate Amazon... maybe it's just because you are working for them.

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  7. Well, you started a mini run on the product over at Amazon. I was going to buy it yesterday, got distracted and the price increased by 2+ bucks today (32 oz) and they have 10 left in stock.

    I do have a question that I wanted to ask that the previous TO post triggered: Any good suggestions on filling pores in woods such as walnut or mahogany? (I'm thinking musical instrument here).

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    1. For crying out loud, why not go to the company's own website and order it directly?

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    2. Well if you must know: The company site sells it for $31.60. (32 oz) Amazon's price fluctuates depending on demand, but in my case I saved about $13 per 32oz. bottle. Plus I got free shipping. SO that adds up to 13 +13 +8 (shipping) = $34. That's why.
      The company still made a sale. They just sold it to Amazon who sold it to me or Amazon drop shipped it. Not sure of their arrangement.

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