Oil is traditionally used to treat naturally oily woods such as teak, which tend to reject most of finishes. But it is equally suitable for other hardwoods and even soft woods, which it endows with a rich amber color. Oil’s water-resistant properties are particularly advantageous for exterior woodwork. Moreover, a subsequent application nourishes oiled wood suffering from the effects of exposure to the sun. However, it is not suitable as a finish for the interior of drawers or cupboards, where it could stain the contents.
Hemp oil is a natural first pressed oil used for wood finishing. Hemp oil can help provide a matte finish, water resistant and is easy to apply on surfaces. It is a natural food safe oil finish containing no solvents. Here are some of the other benefits of a hemp oil:
It provides a protective surface
It has a water-resistant surface after use
It is very easy to apply
The primary function of any wood finish paint, varnish, and stain, for example) is to preserve and protect the wood surface, help maintain a certain appearance, and provide a cleanable surface. The two methods of applying wood hemp oil are the hand rubbed application and brushed application. these terms are very descriptive of the process and require little definition.
Hand Rubbing: this method is often recommended for applying the penetrating finishes; in fact, it is the preferred method for applying a hemp oil finish. It will not work for shellac, varnish or lacquer. Although hand rubbing is hard work, it can be very rewarding to the pursuit in that it gives you a real feel of the wood and results in a remarkable finish. The theory is that the warmth of your hand helps the oil to penetrate the wood.
Brushing: all the wood finishes can be applied with a brush; it is the recommended method for shellac and varnish finishes. the big advantage of the brushing method is that it is fast. However, the same degree of lustrousness will not be achieved by brushing the penetrating oils as can be obtained by hand rubbing.
Apply a generous hemp oil coat with a stain pad or a cotton rag. After 30 t 60 minutes, remove any excess oil by rubbing the surface with a cotton cloth. For a faster drying, dilute with 30% oil thinner. When applied on light wood. Hemp oil creates a slightly greenish finish that will disappear after 3 to 4 weeks.
This help oil is great for those that suffer from chemical sensitivities and cannot use solvent based products. the odor of this oil is much like crushed walnuts. This oil is a great environmentally friendly and locally produced product with no additives or preservatives. This is different than the oil in the health food stores only that we have put the oil through a process which allows the oil to completely dry on its own without the use of added chemicals or dryers.
This oil will darken and richen the wood with a soft luster. Generally, the older the wood, the more it will darken it. This will vary based on the type of wood and the age of the wood. It is highly recommended to try a small amount on an area to find out how your project will look with this application.
The hemp oil will feel dry to the touch one day after the initial application, however complete drying can be several days. For example, if there is too much oil initially applied, the small amounts of oil may rise over the few days. This can be avoided by wiping the excess away with a cloth. If used on a floor during this time it is recommended to place some cardboard pieces where there will be a lot of foot traffic. Dirty shoes should be kept off for at least two weeks. You can use hemp oil on milk painted or other painted surfaces for protection. You can also use hemp oil on bare wood to bring out the natural colors for beautiful authentic finish. It penetrates to protect from the inside out. It does not leave a surface film that will chip or scratch.