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Hey Sailors!

Ran across a new product by Cabot's at my local hardware store the other day. It's called Australian Tung Oil. It seals exotic woods, is transparent or natural w/ 4 different color choices, actually has what it's made of listed on the can (basically a linseed oil w/dryers), and costs $16.00 a quart!!! Not $26.00-$120.00.

So a bought a sample (which actually went a long way) for $5.00. I used it on my mahogany but, only wanted to experiment so I SEMCOed my teak. Now that I see the results, I kinda wish I would've tried it on my rails!!

I don't know how it's gonna look at the end of the season but, am willing to bet that I will not be disappointed.

Anyone tried it yet?
Feedback please.

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I bought some to treat some outdoor furniture that I made. I haven't used it yet, but had bought it because it's supposed to be good for that. I think that one knock on it is that any defect in the wood is magnified (a definite problem for this sawdust maker , probably not so much for something built by professionals). I don't know how durable it is, and my main concern would be what happens as it wears. I'm very curious what experience others have had, thanks for sharing.

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Slap that stuff on and let me know how it goes!
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Be careful of how you dispose of the rags you use when applying Tung or Linseed oil, they can spontaneously combust.
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I don't know how it's gonna look at the end of the season but, am willing to bet that I will not be disappointed.
Oh oh - I tried that stuff on my last boat and it turned all the teak a deep black in the sun and then the wood all started to flake away


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Not a big fan of oil finishes for wood, especially on a boat, where the wood usually needs more protection than an oil finish will supply.
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Well it's on everything but the teak we'll see. Doesn't sound like anyone has tried so, if I have wood the color of ebony in the fall that I've had to fish out of the creek. I'll be sure to give a shout out to Sailormann to let him know!!

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Also at the hardware store, next to the Cabots products, was the Olympic deck cleaner (I'm staining my deck). Turns out to be the same product as "teak brightener" I bought for my boat. It comes in 1 gal jugs or the 2.5 gal container I bought for $13.20. I think Cabots also has wood cleaners and brighteners for a lot less $$ than West Marine.

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I also did some research and found that oxygen bleach(sodium percarbonate) is really good for cleaning wood. It's less harsh(won't etch wood or bleach out color), biodegradable, and non-toxic.
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