Tung Oil

We love tung oil. If you want to do a green renovation in a Brooklyn brownstone you can’t do it without tung oil. All the floors, stairs and banisters need to be treated with something. Usually it is some nasty poly or paint application.

We use tung oil. It is a key element in our green building repertoire. We buy our tung oil from Real Milk Paint out of Pennsylvania. They are very knowledgeable. It is a small business so you get real hands on service.

Another good place if you are in the Baltimore area is Amicus Green Building Center. They sell tung oil too.

Our Brooklyn show house is ready for floor treatments so we just ordered 5 gallons of tung oil from them. It comes in one day because they are pretty local.

Tung oil has been used for thousands of years in China. It comes a from the nut of the tung tree. They do have the tree in the US now but still most of the oil is shipped from China. I have issues with that because of the energy wasted in shipping. But it is one of the few exceptions I make to buying things that have been shipped half way across the world.target

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  1. Lana Bush - August 17, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Thanks so much for posting the photos of the fulfilling work you all do. We just enclosed our garage and my brother put down 1×6 pine. I had researched extensively and a couple weeks ago, found the Real Milk Paint Company and ordered the Tung Oil and Citrus Solvent. We hope to sand the floor today and the “magic moment” of seeing the tung oil is going to happen soon. I was searching for some photos of what it would eventually look like, to show my brother, since he had never used these products.
    I think it is so wonderful the way you allow youth, who might not otherwise have positive things to do, learn this wonderful skill. And the fact that you are using natural products is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  2. gerald la starza - July 23, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Cool post!
    I just made a walnut bed and finished it with tung oil. Got it from the regular hardware store, but heard there are better places for tung oil. Will investigate these vendors.


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