Tips and Tricks For Getting A Sheen From an Oil Finish
Get a sheen from oil without sacrificing its pleasant feel.
Synopsis: Oil finishes are popular for surfaces that people are going to touch, because they simply are more pleasant to touch than film finishes. But until Adam Godet discovered the right way to apply an oil finish, he was getting lackluster results. He soon discovered the secret to getting an oil finish to shine can be summed up in three words: sand, sand, sand.
The first time I used an oil finish, I was disappointed that it lacked the attractive sheen of a film finish. The pieces generally had little to no luster and looked amateurish. Buffing improved things, but only temporarily. With some experimentation, however, I discovered that getting a beautiful sheen with an oil finish is a snap with some extra sanding steps. I typically use Tried & True Danish Oil, an all-natural linseed oil with no solvents or metallic dryers. It’s a straightforward, easy finish that maintains…