Half & Half Pure Tung Oil & Citrus Solvent. Neat and efficient to combine both products for speedy results. Great for food safe projects like cutting boards, table tops and wood kitchen items. Half & Half also works great for raw wood floors, walls and outdoor furniture.
- Pure Tung Oil offered by Real Milk Paint is produced without any additives or distillates. The tung oil offered by most are typically a thinned down varnish to polymerized tung oil, and most have petroleum distillates added. Pure tung oil will not build a gloss finish or heavy finish, but will penetrate deeply into the wood to enhance character and water resistance while creating a great wood finish.
- Citrus solvent is a environmentally safe and non toxic solution to other solvents when applied over tung oil. Half & Half (half tongue oil and half citrus solvent) is an elegant one step solution.
How does Citrus Solvent differ from mineral spirits?
Citrus Solvent is orange peel oil. It is the natural clear liquid that is in the rind of the orange. Citrus Solvent is an organic substance, in contrast to Mineral spirits, which is created through a chemical process called “Oil Cracking”. Mineral spirits is a by-product from the manufacture of gasoline. Citrus Solvent on the other hand is a by-product of the orange juice industry from squeezing oranges. After the orange juice is squeezed the peels are then sent back to be further squeezed to extract the Citrus Solvent from the peels. The liquid is collect for other uses. Citrus Solvent does not cause any ozone depletion or contamination. Even if the orange peels were discarded the Citrus Solvent would be release to the air regardless.
How does Citrus Solvent work? Is it just like regular paint thinner?
Citrus Solvent will evaporate like paint thinner but just a little bit slower. However, the fumes are much safer.
What are the benefits of using Citrus Solvent as odorless mineral spirits?
Citrus Solvent is not odorless but does have an orange smell. Lower quality odorless mineral spirits may be more toxic than Citrus Solvent. Extended long term exposure to any and all solvents are not recommended.
- Freelance commentary on Tung Oil as it relates to MCS: My Chemical Free Home