Choosing the right product(s) for the job:
We have made it easy to start your project off right. All of our tung oil-based products are easy to use making application a breeze by hand using a cotton cloth, brush, or roller. All of our products were designed to work together for superior protection and unsurpassed beauty. Let’s take a closer look.
L.Co Wax & Polish can be used on all wood surfaces, cutting boards, wooden bowls and utensils, antiques, dining tables and countertops to restore used finishes while blending out minor scratches and abrasions that occur over time. Wax & Polish contains a durable and protective synthetic hard wax used in cosmetics and food products that polishes all surfaces to a soft luster. Formulated with pure tung oil and refined linseed oil which help to condition and absorb into the surface enhancing the natural beauty and depth of grain in finished and unfinished wood.
L.Co Interior Oil is a durable and easy to apply wood finish for interior use and gives your project a natural open pore look. Uniquely formulated with pure tung oil, refined linseed oil, isoparaffin, modified waxes, modified alkyd resin, and safe drying agents.
L.Co Exterior Oil has been formulated for use on outdoor surfaces such as fencing, railings, patio furniture, siding, doors, boats and marine surfaces to withstand water and harsh weather conditions. Uniquely formulated with pure tung oil, refined linseed oil, isoparaffin, modified waxes, modified alkyd resin, safe drying agents, UV absorbers and light inhibitors.
L.Co Color Oil contains raw tung oil and organic earth pigments which allow the color to penetrate deep into the wood grain for a more clear and natural look. Color Oil can be used for either interior and exterior. It is easy to apply, mix and match shades of color and is ideal for coloring unfinished wood furniture, hardwood floors, cabinets and trim. Uniquely formulated with pure tung oil, refined linseed oil, isoparaffin, organic pigment, modified waxes, modified alkyd resin, safe drying agents, UV absorbers and light inhibitors.
L.Co Pure Tung Oil is 100% completely natural, food contact safe, and is made by pressing the seeds of the tung tree. Tung oil has the extraordinary benefit of penetrating into the pores of the wood, waterproofing, while enhancing the natural color and texture of the grain. Tung oil can even be applied on concrete, brick or metal surfaces.
New wood preparation:
Preparing the surface is the first and most important step in finishing. The better your piece is prepped the better the finish will be as a result. Check the surface and joints for any excess glue, wood fillers, nail holes and other imperfections which will have to be removed or filled in. Proper sanding is the key to a perfect finish. L.Co recommends sanding with up to #400 grit sandpaper which will allow for the varnish to penetrate deep into the wood pores to seal and protect from the inside out.
Preparation pro tips:
Sometimes smaller imperfections are difficult to see so L.Co recommends wiping the entire surface down with mineral spirits or turpentine. This helps with two important factors.
1. Cleans the surface free from dirt and oils.
2. Allows you to get a sense for how the piece will look when finished. With the wood being “wet” you will be able to see things that you normally wouldn’t be able to see such as nail holes, scratches, stains or glue marks and you will also be able to fix any mistakes before you begin finishing.
Here we go. Now that you have chosen your LCo product(s), prepped the piece you are going to be finishing using our handy guide and have all the tools and items necessary there is only one way forward and that is forward. We will go through each application method in detail below. Don’t worry, L.Co tung oil based products were developed for (almost) foolproof application.
Drying and curing:
L.Co tung oil plant based finishes dry upon exposure to oxygen which is known as an oxidative cure. A lack of air exchange provides less free oxygen which slows the drying process. Therefore, the better the ventilation during and after all coats, the quicker that your project will be ready to use.
Is it dry or cured?
There is in fact a difference between the two. Dry-to-the-touch time is the recommended length of time between coats of varnish. This is specified on the can for each product but can vary depending on temperature and humidity as well as room ventilation. Therefore we recommend finishing and curing in a room that is 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and 70% humidity. Cooler temperatures and high humidity levels can prolong drying and curing time. Opening a window and setting a fan at low speed can improve airflow and oxygen exchange and in turn can help with the drying and curing of your finished piece.
You may have noticed that the drying time on a raw wood surface seems shorter than with an existing finish or the final coat of varnish. This is because on a raw wood surface there are no film layers yet so the wood soaks up a lot of the oils and the surface seems to dry much faster. Keep in mind that in the wood substrate with an oil finish, the oil is still drying even though you can’t see it. So if there is any doubt on whether the first coat is dry enough, give it some extra time which will speed up the process for the subsequent coats. As you add more coats keep in mind that the more layers you add, the longer the drying and curing time will be.
A typical solvent (polyurethane/lacquer) or oil finish will have an average cure time of about 30 days based on ideal temperature and humidity. It is fine to use a piece lightly after about a week of drying but be aware that the finish will still be curing for another few weeks.
Are L.Co tung oil based products considered food safe?
When fully cured all of our products are considered non-toxic and food safe. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the US does not provide certification for food safety testing. However they do provide a list of all of the ingredients in coatings that are considered food safe. As such, all of the solid portions of our products (the parts which stay on the surface of the wood after curing) are approved food safe as determined by the FDA:
Some of our products contain isoparaffin, a safe, odorless, mineral oil-type solvent which is manufactured for cosmetic use and a very small amount of safe drying agents. These solvents wiull evaporate from the surface after the wood is fully cured. Always ensure adequate ventilation and care when finishing in small spaces. Always dispose of used rags carefully and responsibly to avoid fires. L.Co uses tung oil in all of our products which could be sensitive to those with nut allergies.
L.Co provides our laboratory test technical reports to all of our customers:
Canada total lead content in surface coating, FDA Resinous And Polymeric Coatings, EN71-3:2013 Heavy metals +A1:2014
CPSIA Total lead content in surface coating, CPSIA Phthalates Content, EC No.1907/2006 173 SVHC
ASTM G 154, UV Exposure
Letter of Guaranty
USA Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Requirements CFR 21CFR Sec. 175.300 – Resinous and polymeric coatings
Material safety data sheets:
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with our products. The MSDS also contains information on the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures all related to the hazards of the material as well as what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, what to do if accidents occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur.
Wax & Polish Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Interior Oil Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Exterior Oil Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Color Oil Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Pure Tung Oil Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Care and maintenance:
L.Co tung oil plant based finishes are the easiest finishes to care for and maintain. With only simple cleaning products you can care for your beautiful finish for years to come. Maintenance on an oil-based finish is extremely easy and effortless. Let’s take a look at some cleaning options and maintenance tips.
Clean with soap, vinegar, and water.
The best cleaners are as simple as that. A gentle soap diluted in warm water will remove dirt and buildup and keep your finish like new. Alternatively, you could use a mixture of 1 ounce of white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Both cleaning options are safe for your L.Co tung oil plant based finishes.
Stay away from silicone and organic waxes.
Most furniture waxes and polishes contain silicone and organic waxes like carnauba or beeswax that attract dirt and create residue over time that makes maintenance very difficult if not impossible. For this reason, L.Co recommends staying away from over the counter furniture polishes and waxes or check the ingredient list carefully to make sure they do not contain silicone and organic waxes.
Use L.Co Wax & Polish.
L.Co developed our Wax & Polish as an easy to use maintenance and standalone finishing product. Uniquely formulated with synthetic waxes and isoparaffin, which was developed for the cosmetic industry, our Wax & Polish is like nothing on the market. Our waxes will not buildup or residue over time and our plant based tung and linseed oils will dry to a protective film. Your furniture will be restored, nourished and protected against wear and tear.
Don’t use heavy household cleaners.
Most household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that could damage the sheen and protection of your L.Co finish. Ammonia-based glass and floor cleaners are an example of products that contain ingredients that have an adverse effect on the protection of your finish. Oil soaps are also not recommended for cleaning as they have a tendency to create a film on the surface of the wood that are difficult to remove similar to waxes and polishes.
Strong light, oxidation, physical abuse and contact with heat, water, solvents and chemicals are the worst enemy for your finish. For interior use, be mindful of the strongest light source and place furniture away from direct sunlight. Heat accelerates oxidation, so avoid areas that get extremely hot like attics or sunrooms. If you want to increase the protection of your interior furniture it is recommended to use L.Co Exterior Oil to prevent long term damage.
For interior projects that are cared for with the above recommendations, you will find that little to no maintenance will be required. On occasion, you might consider re-applying L.Co tung oil plant based finishes to renew and rejuvenate a worn finish, especially on floors. It is very simple to renew your L.Co finish. Clean the surface with mineral spirits or turpentine. Lightly scuff the surface with a scotch-brite pad or lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper and re-coat according to the instructions on the can. Any light scratches will be covered and your finish will look like new.
For exterior projects that are exposed to severe elements, we recommend a yearly renewal schedule which is similar to the above instructions. Clean, scuff or sand, and recoat. You may find in some cases when regular maintenance is not performed, that some areas of the wood maybe have become dry, damaged and are gray in color. This requires a little bit more work to get your finish looking like new again. Clean the surface as described above and take extra care to sand the gray/ dry areas well with 180 grit sandpaper to remove as much of the oxidation and damage as possible. Apply L.Co Exterior Oil directly to the dry areas and let the oils soak into the wood. Re-apply if necessary until the color of the dry areas match the surrounding finish.
L.Co limited warranty:
We stand behind the quality of each product that we make. Should there be any issues with an L.Co product, please reach out to us at any time and we can help.
Main Office: Packsimex Building, Floor 1, 52 Dong Du Street
Ward Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
L.Co products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using, including compatibility with other manufacturers products. L.Co will be responsible only for the cost of our products and will not be responsible for any costs such as labor, damage, replacement costs or consequential damages. If L.Co products are proved to be defective within one year of purchase we will replace the product or refund the purchase price. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state, from country to country.
Storage of L.Co products.
Keep containers of L.Co products closed when not in use and keep in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, an unopened can of L.Co product will have an almost indefinite shelf life. Opened and partially filled containers may gel since L.Co tung oil plant based finishes dry through oxidation. When a container is opened, it is exposed to oxygen and the remaining unused portion may begin to oxidize. This leads to skinning and eventually gelling of the product.
For best results, pour the L.Co product you need to complete your job into another container and promptly reseal the original container replacing both the seal and screw top on the cans. Do not return any unused portion to the original can.
For proper storage, oxygen inside the L.Co container must be displaced by one or more of the following methods:
• Pour the product into a smaller airtight glass or metal container.
• With rectangular cans, squeeze the sides to push the liquid up and seal before the air returns into the can.
• “Float” the product with an inert gas such as carbon dioxide or argon that is heavier than air.