So how much white pigment is in Polyx-Oil Raw 3044 compared to the white pigment in Polyx-Oil Tints White 3040?
On a timber surface, the white pigment within Raw 3044 is not designed to be visible due to its low percentage, whereas it is designed to be visible when using Tints in White 3040, as this product has a higher percentage of white pigment, in comparison.
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Polyx-Oil Raw 3044
With a low percentage of white pigment in Raw 3044, it is not designed to be visible on the surface and allows lighter coloured wood species to retain their light colour after application.
This can also be described as not leaving a ‘permanent wet effect’ once applied, compared to the subtle, transparent colour you can achieve by solely using a clear Osmo Oil, such as Polyx-Oil Original.
To achieve the best results, Raw 3044 should be applied thinly and the white pigment to be worked into the wood grain.
Any pigment remaining on the surface should be removed before allowing the surface to dry. The second and final coat can either be Raw 3044, or one of the Clear Osmo Oil finishes.
White Tint 3040
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White Tint 3040
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Polyx-Oil Tints White 3040
The Osmo White Tint 3040 has more white pigment, and so, will provide a higher white tinted finish, compared to the near invisible finish of Raw 3044.
Avoid applying a third coat of White 3040, as this may result in over application.
White on White Rule
When using White 3040, Osmo recommends the ‘white-on-white’ rule.
Unlike other Tints within the range, White 3040 should be used as the final top-coat to prevent any possible yellowing. Applying a clear Osmo top coat over white finishes may appear slightly yellowed.
If an intense white finish is desired, rather than a just tint, please discover Wood Wax Finish or Oil Stain from the Osmo range. On floors or high traffic areas, strong white colours should be top coated with White 3040.
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Avoiding a Chalky/Milky Finish
with Polyx-Oil Raw 3044
Applying excess product or not removing excess oil and pigment from the timber surface will result in a chalky or milky finish, once dried.
Before you begin applying Raw 3044, it is imperative that the wooden surface has been sanded. Old paints and lacquers must be completely removed. Sand wood surfaces carefully and progressively. Begin with coarse sandpaper. For flooring finish to P120-150 grit sand paper grades, for furniture P180-240 grit grades (all sand paper grades are dependant on wood species). Before oiling the surface, remove sanding dust with a broom or vacuum. To apply the 3044 Raw product, use an Osmo Flat Brush, Floor Brush or Microfibre Roller, and apply thinly along the wood grain and spread well. Allow to dry for approx. 24 hours under good ventilation. After drying, quickly apply a second coat also thinly. For further advice please do contact the Osmo Advice Team before you begin if you are unsure.
Surface Preparation is Key
Sanding beyond P150 to a finer grit grade, tends to close the wood grain making it more difficult for the Osmo product to soak into the wood. Having very smooth textures will also attract less white pigment to lie within the grain. Poor penetration results in both oil, wax and pigment sitting solely on the surface, which isn’t appropriate.
Resolving the Chalky Finish
If you find there is an excess of chalky finish to your wood surface once dried, then it is recommended to lightly sand the product to remove it. The purpose is only to abrade the excess dried finish and not the wood. Lightly sanding the finish will usually clog-up sand paper therefore the use of sanding mesh abrasives are preferred. It’s best to work by hand using a flat sanding block behind the abrasive. Depending on the thickness of the excess, begin sanding with something like a P180-P 220 grit abrasive – this is coarse enough to cut back the product without scratching it excessively. Work lightly and evenly along the grain, and avoid cutting in to the wood below as this could close the grain.
Once sanded, cleaned and prepped for application, apply one coat of Raw 3044 thinly working the product along the grain and ensuring all excess is either stretched out further with a brush, or lightly removed with a lint free cloth. Avoid applying a clear finish over partially abraded areas as this will appear patchy; only use the 3044 Raw.
White Tint 3040
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