Before you Buy Osmo Polyx Oil


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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    • 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.

  1. 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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