Which do you prefer - Tru-Oil or Tung-Oil ?

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by wpshooter, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. wpshooter

    wpshooter Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    If you have experience in using both Tru-Oil AND Tung-Oil in finishing "GUNSTOCKS" (not interested in applications other than gunstocks), I would like to know which of the 2 you prefer and why.

    Am not interested in products other than Tru-Oil and Tung-Oil.

  2. michaelcj

    michaelcj New Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Lopez Island, WA
    Have used both and prefer neither... I started using Dem-Bart Stock and Checkering Oil several years ago [decades] and have stuck with it. It is thinner than the Tru-oil which works well for me during the wet-sanding [w/oil] steps during pore filling. I also prefer the "thinness" when it comes to hand rubbing subsequent coats.

    Tru-oil would be my choice for "quick and dirty" and ends up with a very decent finish.

    Remember..it's all about the preparation.

    Mike J

  3. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    In that case, no comment.
  4. Tru-oil may be easier to use and it does build up a nice coat but I am a Tung oil or linseed oil man. I just like the look better even if it does take longer for me to work it in.
  5. doubleslover

    doubleslover Member

    Oct 8, 2009
    I have tried both and prefer tung oil. I also like the look better, it is traditional, and personally I like the way it applies better than Tru Oil. Just my opinion.
  6. mranum

    mranum Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Central WI
    I'm a Tru Oil convert myself. Everybody likes what they like.
  7. wpshooter

    wpshooter Member

    Jul 21, 2009

    Is there any difference in quality, etc. of different brands of tung oil ?

    Is the Formby brand any better/worse than others ?

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