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ratherbefishing 12-06-2013 04:10 PM

tung oil on luan door
I am about to hang a new interior door. All the other doors in the house are painted, but I'm thinking of leaving this one wood. I really like using "Tung Oil Finish" on other wood projects. Any thoughts pro/con on using it here? It's hard to test on the door, because there really aren't any "inconspicuous" areas on a door. Stain first?

joecaption 12-06-2013 05:03 PM

Makes no since to me.
Why not match all the other doors?

Live_Oak 12-06-2013 07:29 PM

There's a reason people paint luan. It's ugly. If you want a paint grade door, go buy something worth fussing over with for staining and clear coating.

ric knows paint 12-06-2013 11:11 PM


I'm not exactly sure RBF was asking for anyone's approval - and never really asked if it made "since" to anyone else...and I have varnished Luan doors throughout my house and always thought they looked great - but now I'm told they're ugly? hmm...the things we learn on this here chat line.

Personally I'd rather see a varnished, or oiled, Luan door than a painted one - but that's just me. To answer your question, Tung oil would be fine on a Luan door - it'll add a bit of color, but that helps to bring out the natural color of Luan making it a deeper and richer color. If you're considering a straight Tung Oil (as opposed to a tung oil varnish), you're probably looking at 3 - 4 applications to get a good & consistent satin finish. If you're going to stain the door, obviously do that first before oiling - and be careful, Luan takes stain quick and deep, but consistently...If you need a scrap piece to test a stain (or oil) on, you can buy inexpensive Luan panels at any big box and they'll stain exactly as your door will. Good luck to you.

ratherbefishing 12-07-2013 09:15 AM

Thanks, Ric. Buying a small piece of Luan at the local HD sounds like the way to go. I think they might even have 2'x4' pieces in their "hobby" section. Now that I think of it, I bet the millwork shop up the street that made the door has a pile of scraps. I'm off...

ratherbefishing 01-04-2014 10:22 AM

I just realized that I never finished the thread. After a few days of indecision, I decided to try the tung oil. Figured it would be easier to sand the varnish so paint would stick than vice versa, if I changed my mind. Three coats of Behr Scandinavian Tung Oil finish later, the door looks great. The edges are nothing fancy, sort of a varnished fiberboard. But the finish really enhanced the grain and even made it sorta iridecesent in places.

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