If a Clear Matt Polyx-Oil appears cloudy this may be a build-up of the special matting agent added to the product. This matting agent is like having millions of tiny mirrors added to the product to absorb the light.
All Osmo products require sufficient stirring before use!
Stirring should be carried out with a flat stirring implement that must be long enough to reach the base of the can. This is very important.
Without sufficient stirring the matting agent could become concentrated – especially as the oil is being used up.
It is recommended to apply the product thinly along the wood grain as this will help improve absorbency.
Applying across, or against, the grain encourages the wood grain to attract the product away from the application tool and allows the product to accumulate upon the surface.
Carrying out tester trials on unfamiliar surfaces is always highly recommended first.
Old Wooden Surfaces (Thirsty Wood)
On very rare occasions, older wooden surfaces which are often described as thirsty, can sieve out the matting agent as the Polyx-Oil ingredients disappear into the wood. The exposed matting agent particles can appear quite ‘dusty’ upon the surface.
Applying a second and final thin coat of the Clear Matt Polyx-Oil sometimes helps to cover the matting agent and rectify this issue. However, we recommend you always trial in an inconspicuous area first.
If two coats of Osmo Polyx-Oil Clear Matt have been applied excessively this can cause the surface finish to appear quite cloudy.
Often sanding back the surface then re-applying more thinly along the grain will offer better results.
If sanding is not an option, try cutting the excess oil with Osmo Intensive Cleaner. Once rinsed back and dried, apply a one thin coat to finish the surface.
If the surface is has not dried, then you can also try Methylated spirits. Please note, this only generally works if the oil still feels a little tacky.
If it doesn’t feel tacky, using Osmo Intensive Cleaner is likely to be more practical.
As always, please trial in an inconspicuous area first and if the problem persists, please contact the expert Osmo UK team for further advice.
Clear Matt Oil on Darker Wood Species
Applying Clear Matt Polyx-Oil onto darker wood colours and species may also make the surface finish appear mistier and cloudier. Again, please always trial apply to avoid disappointment.
Please contact the expert Osmo UK team for further advice.