Pure Tung Oil

A hard wearing, water resistant oil for all indoor and outdoor wood.

  • Natural, non-toxic and food safe
  • Highly resistant to water and food stains
  • Helps to prevent drying and deterioration of wood
  • Dries to a natural matt finish
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Our Tung Oil is a high quality, pure oil with no added driers or thinners making it natural, non-toxic and safe to use in all environments. It provides a very hard wearing, water and stain resistant finish, making it ideal for kitchen worktops and other items of kitchen utensils, bowls and boards.

Being non-toxic it is also great for finishing toys and children’s furniture.

It dries to a lovely natural matt finish and can be used on both indoor and outdoor wood. Due to its strong water-resistant properties it is ideal for use on all kinds of wood used outdoors.

Pure Tung Oil is ideal for sealing bare and unfinished wood helping to prevent it from marking and staining with use.

Pure Tung Oil is Suitable For

Our Tung Oil can be used on any indoor or outdoor item of wood. It is suitable for all hardwood surfaces.

  • Indoor Wood
  • Outdoor Wood
  • Garden Furniture
  • Untreated, Unfinished and Bare Wood

Pure Tung Oil Coverage and Shelf Life

1 Litre of Tung Oil will cover up to 20m2.


Before applying the Tung Oil ensure the surface is dry, clean and dust free. 

Indoor wood: Use our Wood Cleaner to remove the dirt and grime. 

Outdoor wood: Use our Teak Cleaner to remove the dirt and grime. The Teak Cleaner will also help to restore the colour if the wood is looking grey. 

If there are any old residues of finish, varnish or wax on the wood wipe it down with White Spirit to remove these. 


Shake the bottle well before use. If you are unsure of the finish, test it on an unseen area first.

Apply the Tung Oil liberally to a lint-free cloth and rub into the wood following the direction of the grain. Leave for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess. Leave the Tung Oil to thoroughly soak in and dry for 24 hours. 

If you are applying Tung Oil for the first time you can mix the first coat 1:1 with White Spirit to help penetration into the wood. Do not dilute subsequent coats. 

Bare Wood: If you are applying Tung Oil to bare wood for the first time you’ll need to apply three coats initially. Wait until the first coat has thoroughly dried (24 hours) before applying the second coat of Tung Oil. 

If you’re just topping up a previously oiled surface only one application is necessary. 


You should reapply the Tung Oil as soon as you see signs of it wearing off. This would usually be when the wood starts to look dry. Otherwise, reapply the Tung Oil annually to keep your wood well maintained.

The below video shows you how to use Tung Oil and what it looks like when applied to wood.

Images of Tung Oil on Wood

This live edge oak board has been finished with Pure Tung Oil. It gives the oak great protection and enhances the look and feel of the wood. Using Tung Oil on oak is great for all items of wood made from oak.

Tung Oil on Oak

The below image shows how the Tung Oil enhances the natural beauty of various shades of wood. In the examples below we have applied it to Beech, Oak and Walnut so you can see how it looks on light, medium and dark coloured woods. 

Tung Oil Comparison

FAQ - Oiling wood with Tung Oil

Q. Can I use Tung Oil on oak?

A. Yes. Using Tung Oil on oak provides a lovely finish to the wood and enhances the natural beauty of the oak. It has great protective properties too, so once applied to oak, the wood will be water and stain repellent. 

Q. What is Tung Oil

A. Tung Oil is a drying oil extracted from the nut of the tung tree, found in China. It is an extremely water resistant oil and was historically used as a water resistant finish on boats and ships. 

Q. Does Tung Oil protect wood against stains and spillages?

A. Yes. Our Tung Oil provides a great resistance to water, which makes it a good choice of oil to use on kitchen worktops. It is the best all natural oil you can get for water repellence.

Q. Is Tung Oil safe for food surfaces?

A. Yes, once the Tung Oil has dried it is completely safe for food surfaces and utensils.

Q. Is Tung Oil safe to use on toys, or items for children?

A. Yes, once dry it is completely safe and is compliant with Materials and Articles in Contact With Food Regulations.

Q. What look does Tung Oil give to wood?

A. Our Tung Oil leaves a nice, natural matt finish to the wood, protecting it against water staining.

Q. How many coats are required for full protection?

A. If you are applying Tung Oil to untreated or bare wood we recommend applying 3 coats. For general maintenance, only one coat is required.

Q. What is the benefit of mixing the Tung Oil White Spirit, and is it needed?

A. It is optional as to whether you mix the Tung Oil with White Spirit. If you do, this should only be used for the first coat. The benefit of doing so allows the Tung Oil to penetrate further into the wood, making for a better surface and longer lasting coating.  

Q. Does Tung Oil stain wood?

A. No, although the Tung Oil will darken your wood to a certain degree, it has no colour properties to it. The darkening effect will differ depending on how absorbent the wood is. If you’re looking to stain wood, use our Wood Stain.