Before you Buy — Osmo Polyx Oil

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In this video Jay from Wood Finishes Direct will explain what you should consider before purchasing Osmo Polyx Oil. However, this advice is also suitable for other Hard Wax Oils, such as Fiddes Hard Wax Oil.

Hard Wax Oil FAQ

Do wood oils dry or remain greasy?

Wood oils penetrate into the surface fibres of the wood, where they oxidise with the air and harden. The result is a finish that is dry and non-greasy so will not stain or mark clothing or soft furnishings. If a wood oil does remain sticky or greasy, it has been over applied.

What is the advantage of using wood oil?

Wood oils help to protect and preserve interior and exterior wood by feeding the timber to to keep it nourished and supple. They are the easiest of all wood finishes to maintain and repair. A patch repair, for example, where a scuff, scratch, stain or areas of wear has occurred can be easily fixed by simply sanding the affected area and applying more wood oil.

Can I apply wood oil over varnish?

In short, no. Varnish is a coating type product that coats the wood with a plastic shell or skin. Wood oils work by penetrating into the wood but can’t with a varnish covering the wood grain. All varnish coatings need to be fully removed by sanding before an oil can be applied.

Before you Buy – Osmo Polyx Oil transcript. 

Hi I’m Jay from Wood Finishes Direct, In this video I’m going to be highlighting the key things you should consider before starting your project with the Osmo Polyx Oil Range. First off, what is it?

Osmo Polyx Oil is the original hard wax oil a combination of natural oils and waxes for use on almost any interior project. Hard Wax Oil is almost as hard as a varnish but easier to repair. All you need is a rag apply the oil over the affected areas without having to remove any previous finish.

Let me show you a very simple test called the water test.All you need is a drop of water, apply a drop to the wood and leave for 30 seconds, easy right? If the water beads then you know there is an existing finish on there. If the water sinks in this would indicate that there is an untreated surface so you can move straight on to application.

It’s always a great idea to start with the best canvas possible, sand your wood through the grits upto P120, this is a fine sand on bare timber in preparation for finishing not suitable for removing varnish or paint. Always sand with the grain of

the wood to avoid scratch marks.

What’s the deal with clear? A clear product suggests it doesn’t change the colour of the wood, but it actually does. Clear Polyx Oil will bring out the natural tone and patina of the wood, enhancing the grain giving it will appear darker and what we call the “wet look”. 

If this isn’t for you, then we recommend the Osmo Polyx Oil Raw 3044. This will lessen the wet look on lighter timbers such as Oak or Pine. Raw gets mixed results on hardwoods especially darker hardwoods as it contains white pigment. If you are looking to change the colour of your wood then you can go across to the Osmo Polyx Oil Tints which come in a range of colours. The whole Polyx Oil range comes in handy 5ml sachets to do your test areas before purchasing a bigger tin.

Over application isn’t uncommon with Polyx Oil but is avoidable by using the P.A.R.S.E. Method

Prepare properly – sand the wood to P120

Apply thinly – always working with the grain

Remove excess – using a microfibre cloth

Sand lightly – abrade the surface with a finishing pad once dry

End coat – Apply and leave to dry

Nice and easy

Without following the P.A.R.S.E method over application 

issues you may face are:

A sticky feeling surface longer drying times a patchy finish and product pooling on the surface

The last thing to consider is sheen! Sheen refers to the amount of light the finish reflects from the surface. Contrary to popular belief this does not have any influence over durability.

Matt – Gives you a flat matt look and feel Semi Matt – A slight sheen added to the wood for those who don’t want dead matt Satin – The halfway house between matt and gloss Gloss – Gives the light a good surface to reflect off

Do you need further technical assistance or advice on your project? Why not put us to the test and give us a call. Links to all the products used are in the description on Youtube. We hope you enjoyed the video, don’t forget to like and subscribe for future content.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Hi. He did stairs in polyx oil that had to be sanded down for dog scratches. We think contractor put down first coat too thick (although dried ok). Did extremely light second coat as we sanded down to what we thought was bare wood and now sticky after a week. Have done multiple rounds with denatured alcohol as recommended. It is taking off sheen but still sticky. Halp! Do we need to sand down again? Steel wool?
    Thanks!

    • Good Morning Marnee,

      My apologies for the delay in getting back to you. I think from what you have said, you are going to need to sand back and start again. If you remove all the current oil, finish sanding on a 120 – 150 grit paper and wipe down with Methylated Spirits first. I often recommend with stairs that you apply in the evening, allow the stairs to dry over night with minimum or no use ready for the next day, when the second coat can be applied.

      Thin application is the key to the best result, for both the first and the second coat. This will ensure the oil penetrates the surface of the wood, and is not slow to dry or tacky. It is also vital to ensure all previous products have been removed and that nothing is preventing the oil from soaking in. For more help and advice please do not hesitate to contact the team via our contact us page.

      Kind regards Samantha.

    • Hello Frank,

      Great question, most Osmo finishes are food safe, check the tin for details on this or you can see all the information via the technical sheets on the website.

      The best option to consider for a Worktop or Butchers Block will be the Osmo Top Oil which comes in a range of sheens and colour options for you to consider. I would recommend a test areas first, as the wood type, age and condition will all impact on the result that will be achieved.

      if you take a look at this product and do feel free to get in touch via our contact us page if you have any more questions.

      Kind Regards Samantha.

  2. We finished our mahogany kitchen cabinets with the Osmo wood wax finish (high solid, transparent, 3133 mahogany). Seven years later as a rental they are still gorgeous. Such s as lovely finish to work with. Very very easy to wipe over small scratches and they disappear. My question: can I use Osmo liquid wax cleaner to more thoroughly wipe the cupboards down? There are small spots where something dripped it where small grime spots built up. Then overall, for daily cleaning, is just a damp cloth ok? Or should the Osmo cleaner be used regularly?

    • Good Afternoon Jeanne,

      Thank you for getting in touch, its great to hear the Osmo is still looking and protecting so well after 7 years. This is great!

      For regular cleaning I would recommend the Osmo Wash and Care and then every so often a clean with the Liquid Wax Cleaner for a more intense clean.

      Regular household cleaners can tend to wear the oil quicker as they are often a little acidic. If you need any further advice please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact us page.

      Kind regards Samantha.

  3. Hello.

    I have recently bought an Ercol table which was refinished with Poly x oil 3032 by the supplier.

    It has marked very badly, despite putting cork mats down to insulate from hot dishes and there are other marks from glasses etc.

    Is this an application problem, or the wrong product?

    Thank you.

    John.

    • Hello John,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Its difficult to give a definitive answer to that without a little more information. My first thoughts would be that Polyx oil is likely to be fine for your table, however it can depend on the wood type, the preparation carried out and how the product was applied.

      What I can tell you is that easy marking is a sign of over or under application of the oil, over application being the most common. Over application can be too much oil applied to the surface, or because the wood is a tight grained, hardwood, or because it has been over sanded and this has closed the grain.

      Oils need to penetrate the surface of the wood, once the wood is saturated and will not accept any more, excess oil drys on the surface and this is what marks easily. It is not only the type of wood that can effect this, also the method of application. Rollers application, for example, will apply more per area than cloth application, and so may not be ideal for hardwoods.

      If you are able to email me via our contact us page with further details of the wood type or perhaps some photos, I can perhaps offer some more advice and guidance on how to resolve the problem.

      Kind regards Samantha.

    • Good Afternoon David,

      You could take a look at the Polyvine Heavy Duty Interior Wood Varnish resistant to heat, water, alcohol, chemical usage and stains, it is ideal for kitchen worktops.

      When using a varnish on worktops, especially around the sink area, it is vital to ensure the seal does not break, or get damaged and allow moisture to get underneath, this will quickly result in peeling and flaking of the varnish, allowing moisture to damage the wood below.

      Sample sizes of the product are available and I would recommend these for test areas to ensure you like the result that will be achieved on your wood.

      And if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact us page.

      Kind Regards Samantha.

  4. We have used Polyx Oil (clear) on a staircase that we sanded back. However we didn’t sand it well enough and the paint that had been applied either side of the old stair runner is still showing as a white shadow. We are wondering whether a coloured Osmo Hard Wax Oil would meld with the existing Polyx Oil and end up looking something like stained wood that’s been waxed over. Just trying to avoid sanding back to the bare wood again. Messy nightmare!

    Thoughts?

    • Hello Jez,

      I am sorry there is no cutting corners when it comes to application of an oil. The wood needs to be well sanded and all previous products fully removed. Any remaining paint in the wood can prevent the oil from penetrating the wood as it needs to. Resulting in reduce protection and easy, marking.

      If you need any further advice please do get in touch with the team via our contact us page.

      Kind Regards Samantha.

  5. The coat I applied on a walnut beam came out with a milky tint. How would you go about correcting it? What advice do you have?

    • Hello Chris,

      Its hard to say for sure what you best option is with out seeing the beam and the issue you are having. You can send some photos and I will be happy to take a look, to wfd.advice@wood-finishes-direct.com.

      The white build up could be a couple of issues, if you have used the Osmo Polyx Oil Raw , this product has a small amount of white pigment to counteract the darkening you get with a clear oil. Against a darker wood the white will show through and you get that milky appearance.

      Or if the wood is aged and textured the oil build up in the cracks and crevices can appear white and milky, too much oil, and this could potentially be removed with a hard bristled brush, a bit like wax, but you risk damaging other area of the oiled finish.

      With any project a test area is always recommended, this can help to rule out any possible issues and help you to decide on the right colour for your wood.

      Once you get back to me with a photo, perhaps I can advice further on the next steps you can take.

      All the best Samantha.

    • Hello Rina,

      Thank you for your question. Yes you are able to use the Polyx Oil for these types of food preparation or presentation products. Interior Osmo oils are food safe once dry and really quite durable once fully cured. Do always check the tin or data sheets to be sure.

      I would recommend allowing the oil a period of at least 1 week, possibly 2 at this time of year, before putting into full use, to allow the oil to fully cure and give the best protection to the wood. And use a suitable cleaner such as the Osmo Spray Cleaner will prolong the life of the oil as it is PH neutral so will not damage the finish.

      If you need any further help or advice please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact us page.

      Kind Regards Samantha.

  6. Hi I am looking at refurbishing kitchen hard wood doors how hard wearing is the oil wax compared to vanish like diamond dinesh from dulax

    • Hello Chandresh,

      Thank you for your question. There is no doubt that varnishes in general are more durable than Hard Wax Oiled Finishes and will have the benefit of lasting longer. That said Hard Wax Oil are also very durable in a kitchen setting and for worktops in particular I would recommend oils. The reason being that oils are easier to maintain, they will not peel and flake and are better suited for areas around sinks for example.

      For cupboard doors the Hard Wax Oil will certainly be durable enough with two very thin coats applied as per guidelines. And will give a very natural appearance to the wood.

      I can recommend or the Osmo Polyx Oil as great options to consider, if you have a read up of the details and feel free to get back to me if you have any questions via our contact us page.

      Kind Regards Samantha.

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