Oil wood plate - 3 steps to natural wood preservation

Wood is one of the most popular natural products and, above all, a renewable resource. But far too often, the natural material wood is covered with a layer of paint or plastic. Wood can also be largely protected from stains and moisture with a special wood oil. How to apply the wood oil properly, we show here.

Oil wood panels step by step

  • hard oil
  • abrasive paper
  • brush
  • sponge
  • cotton cloth
  • grinding machine
  • Hand Brush

1. Prepare wooden plate

Since the natural surface of the wood panel remains completely visible when oiling, you must take special care in the preparation. The grinding work can therefore take some time. First sand the wooden plate with a little coarse sandpaper. The next sanding cycle uses finer sandpaper. Between the grinding cycles, the sanding dust should be removed with a hand brush or vacuum cleaner.

2. Select oil

Depending on the intended use of the wood panel you will need another wood oil. Outdoors, special protective oils are applied to keep as much moisture away from the wood as possible. These oils are not desirable in the home because they smell stronger. In the house you should rather use a hard oil, which later dries up completely.

3. Oil the wooden plate

Untreated wood greedily absorbs any moisture. If the wood board is now unevenly brushed with oil, the wood color is also later uneven and cloudy. Here really, less is more. In the best case, you will need three or more passes until you are done with the oiling. But the result is correspondingly good. Both the appearance and the protection of the wood benefit from it.

Apply the wood very sparingly with a brush or a cotton cloth. Some do-it-yourselfers swear by sponges to apply wood oil. Use the "tool" that suits you. Always oil the wood in the direction of the natural grain.

Tips & Tricks

Of course, you can oil wood panels with cooking oil. However, it should be remembered that edible oil usually either does not dry completely or dries only with difficulty. This may not disturb on a wooden board used in the kitchen. But this is not optimal for wood panels that are to be used as bookshelves or table tops. In addition, some edible oils over time start to smell musty or rancid.

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