Tung Oil Floor Finishing

tung oil floor finishing

    floor finishing
  • (Floor Finish) A product about the thickness of waxed paper that covers a floor or other surface for the purpose of protection and/or appearance.

    tung oil
  • Tung oil is used as a wood finishing product. It has two distinct meanings, pure tung oil and tung oil finishes, which are often confused.

  • Oil finish expressed from tung nuts, originally from China.

  • An oil used as a drying agent in inks, paints, and varnishes

  • a yellow oil obtained from the seeds of the tung tree

tung oil floor finishing - Waterlox Original

Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish, Quart

Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish, Quart

This premium tung oil-based wood sealer/finish in the Original Formulation goes on easily with brush, lambswool applicator, cloth roller or spray. It resists alcohol, hot liquids and similar problems while sealing the wood and hardening and enhancing the woods natural appearance. Note: Available in Original and a Low VOC Formulation. Both formulas go on easily and offer superior results, but should not be used together. If you start out with Original, complete the project with Original, or if you go with the Low VOC Formulation, continue to use the Low VOC Formulation through to completion.

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Firing Metallic Tiles ??? - Old lifestyle in Suzhou (China)

Firing Metallic Tiles ??? - Old lifestyle in Suzhou (China)

The hard and fine-grained tiles that paved the floor of the main halls in the Forbidden City in Beijing and the underground palaces of the Ming tombs shine like mirrors and produce a metallic sound when knocking on them. These titles are, therefore, called "metallic titles" or "fine-grained square tiles" and were made at the imperial kilns of Lumu in Suzhou. The production process was a long one and there were strict demands in regard to size, quality and weight. Only a special and locally available clay was used. The unfired tiles were shaded from sun and rain and took about a whole year to dry. After drying, the slabs of clay were fired in the kiln and then soaked in tung oil. The finished tiles were shipped to Beijing by boats carrying grain to the city and civil boats along the city-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It was decreed that each grain boat was to carry 40 tiles and each civil boat, 20.
The metallic tiles enjoyed resounding fame in the capital at the time. But kiln workers toiled year after year in all weather. Unable to stand the hardships, many of them ran away from the kilns.

Before and after

Before and after

Here is our floor refinishing project. On the right is the old floor with the polyurethane finish. On the left is the new finish, with the polyurethane stripped off and the wood treated with several coats of tung oil.

tung oil floor finishing

tung oil floor finishing

Laying and finishing hardwood floors

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