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Mar 11, 2021 Tongue-and-groove paneling typically has a finish coat of paint or sealer that protects the wood. This must be roughed up with fine-grit sandpaper so that paint will adhere properly; Today's. If you prefer a longer length of body and tip to the brush, you might like to look at our Series 316's. A favourite for botanical painters wanting to create petals. One of The Art Sherpa's favorite brushes is her long handled, synthetic white filament, #8 Cat's Tongue. Illusive and hard to find in stock, we opened up a box and hit pay dirt. Get them while you can. Its unusual shape gives the name 'Cat's Tongue.' Paint with the point for fine lines, the side for medium strokes, and the flat side of the brush for large areas. Super soft, pure squirrel hair set in a seamless, nickel-plated ferrule on a short handle.
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A pure or polymerized tung oil finish is easy to use and will produce beautiful results on any type of wood, inside or out. Tung oil finishes are usually applied to unfinished wood, but they can be used over oil based stains.
Other types of existing finishes, such as varnish, must be removed, as tung oil is a penetrating oil. It needs to penetrate deeply into the wood fibers and pores.
Preparing the Wood
New wood needs to sanded smooth prior to application. This finish does not build a film like varnish, so you need to do most of the sanding before any tung oil finish is applied.
If the wood is rough, start with medium grit sand paper and then finish with a fine grit. Remember to always sand in the direction of the grain.
After sanding, do any repairs. Fill any holes or cracks with wood filler. If you plan to use a wood stain beneath the tung oil finish, choose a stainable filler. If you don’t plan to use stain, choose a colored wood filler that approximately matches the wood’s color. Do a final sanding if necessary and remove all dust with tack rags.
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Exterior wood surfaces should be cleaned with water and a scrub brush to remove any residual stains or finishes. A pressure washer can be used, if needed, but low pressure should be used. All stains, such as rusty nail heads, also must be removed prior to applying tung oil. Allow all wood surfaces to fully dry before proceeding.
Staining the Wood
Any oil base wood stain can be applied. A tung oil finish has an amber color that will change or enhance the stain’s color. Consider this when you choose the color. You may want to test the results before proceeding with the project. Apply the stain and finish to a scrap piece of similar wood.
Choose traditional colors that will be subtle and still enhance the wood grain.
Applying Tung Oil
A can be applied pure or thinned up to 50% with mineral spirits or turpentine. Thinning the first coat increases penetration, decreases the drying time and produces better results.
The typical application method for smooth interior wood is hand rubbing. Dip a soft cloth or rag into the finish and rub onto the wood. Keep applying until the wood is saturated. Use a natural bristle brush for hard to reach areas. Allow each coat to remain on the surface for 20-30 minutes. Then wipe all areas to remove any excess that remains. Check for drips or runs after another few minutes.
Applying tung oil to wood countertops, cutting boards or wood bowls is very easy. First only use 100% pure tung oil without thinning. Apply liberally with a brush or rag. Using circular rubbing motions will help the oil penetrate. Finish by using a rag to remove any excess by lightly rubbing in the direction of the wood grain. Repeat when dry.
Drying is a slow process and takes between 24 – 48 hours. The time depends on the porosity of the wood and whether you thinned the finish.
It will take 3 – 4 coats to achieve a waterproof surface. Lightly sand or buff the wood with extra fine steel wool between coats. This achieves better results than using sandpaper.
For exterior use, brushing is the best method for application. Thin the first application to increase penetration. Pick up all drips and runs after 30 minutes. Continue to apply additional coats. It takes 4 – 6 coats on new, very porous woods like cedar.
Maintaining Tung Oil Finishes
Maintenance is very easy. Remove light scratches with a light sanding and the addition of another coat of tung oil finish. Interior wood surfaces might need another coat every 2 – 4 years and exterior wood 1 – 2 years depending on exposure to sun light and the wood species.
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The spectacular Paintbrush Lily - Haemanthus coccineus - bursts forth with an unusual flower cluster that looks like a big, red shaving brush. This exciting South African bulb is related to Amaryllis and Crinum. The leaves alone make this plant worth growing. The oversized, tongue-shaped leaves can reach 20 inches long and 6 inches wide, and usually have attractive red markings underneath. The flower stems also have these beautiful markings, as you can see here. This is a choice species that is hard to find.
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Haemanthus coccineus usually grows in winter and spring, and goes dormant for the summer. It makes a large, flattened bulb from which 2 fleshy leaves appear (occasionally 3). The bare flower stalk emerges just before the leaves in late summer, similar to Amaryllis belladonna. The flower stem grows 6 to 15 inches tall, and usually has reddish, leopard-spot markings along the lower half. The scarlet-red bracts open to reveal dozens of golden anthers. Eventually the bulb multiplies into an impressive colony of plants. But even if you only grow a single plant in a pot, it is a real eye-opener!
Haemanthus coccineus is easy to grow if its basic needs are met. It should be kept below about 85 degrees F (29 degrees C) from early autumn through mid-spring (October to May in the northern hemisphere). I have read that it can handle 25 degrees F (-4 C), but i would keep it above 35 degrees F (2 C) for best growth. During the summer dormancy, the bulb should be kept dry, and left in the soil. It grows well in a pot in a fast-draining soil mix, such as half potting soil and half perlite, pumice, or coarse sand. Keep the soil regularly watered (but not soggy) during the growing season. It grows well both in full sun and in filtered sun or morning sun. The leaves grow the largest in shadier conditions. In warmer climates, some afternoon shade is a good idea.
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