How to Apply — Osmo Polyx Oil


In this video Jay from Wood Finishes Direct will explain how to apply Osmo Polyx Oil. However, this advice is also suitable for other Hard Wax Oils, such as Fiddes Hard Wax Oil.

Hard Wax Oil FAQ

Are wood oils safe for use on or near food preparation surfaces?

In general, most interior wood oils are safe for use on wooden surfaces that are close or come in to direct contact with food. Worktop Oils are a range of wood oils that are specifically formulated to be used on food preparation surfaces. These products offer increased durability whilst enhancing the natural beauty and character of the wood.

I’ve over applied a wood oil and it’s gone sticky, is there anything i can do?

Yes, over-application of wood oil can be easily remedied by dampening a clean, lint free cloth in white spirit and wiping off the excess oil. Take care not to use too much white spirit and wipe in the direction of the wood grain. This will break down and remove the surplus oil from the surface of the wood.

Is it a good idea to apply more coats of oil than recommended for better protection?

It is always best to stick with the recommended number of coats. If additional coats of oil are applied or if it is applied too thickly, the surplus oil will remain on the surface of the wood. This could result in a number of problems including a sticky, tacky finish; a finish that could take days or longer to fully dry; or a finish that is easily scratched, scuffed and marked.

How to Apply – Osmo Polyx Oil transcript. 

Hi I’m Jay from Wood Finishes Direct, and In this video I’ll be giving you some top application tips and my favorite application technique for the Osmo Polyx Oil Range.

Preparation is key! So if you haven’t already seen the video on pre application Osmo video check that out now.

For small projects the ideal application tool is a high quality blend brush such as the Osmo Soft Tip Brush. For large open spaces like floors or interior cladded walls the ideal application is Osmo floor brush, it gives you a great level of control and helps limit overlap marks.

So we are ready to apply. Stir the tin thoroughly before and during application for consistency, load the brush and dab off any excess. Apply a thin first coat, in manageable areas working with the grain, now remove the surplus with a microfibre cloth and leave to dry.

Once dried, take your finishing pad and lightly sand the finished area. Apply a second, final coat as the first, working with the grain and making sure you remove all excess after application.

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 Zoe,

      Thank you for your question. The first thing to do is remove the varnish that is currently applied, as this will prevent the Osmo Oil from soaking into the wood as it needs to. For a quick and easy strip you could consider a product such as the Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover this is a gel that will make the varnish bubble up to be scrapped off. It can be a little messy, however the gel is quick and effective and can save a lot of sanding time.

      You will still need to sand a little, once stripped, and this is to ensure all the varnish is removed. A small test area to see how the oil looks before full application is also recommended as the oil will darken the wood slightly, giving a warm appearance and highlighting the grain. Many of the Osmo products come in sample sachets for this very purpose.

      For a clear oil you could take a look at the Osmo Polyx Oil this requires just 2 thin coats to be applied, a little goes a long way. The Osmo Polyx Oil Raw is designed to maintain an almost untreated appearance to your wood, whilst still giving exceptional protection or finally if you wish to add a little colour to your wood there is the Osmo Polyx Oil Tints agian just requiring two thin coats for the full protection to your wood.

      I hope that helps and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact us page.

      All the Best Samantha.

    • Hello Mark,

      Thank you for getting in touch with your enquiry. The short answer is that both are suitable for your table as the are very very close in ingredients, finish and protection. The main difference will be in product size, as the Osmo Polyx Oil is designed for use on lager projects like flooring and the Osmo Top Oil is more for worktops and tables. The sizes are more in line with these requirement.

      In terms of durability, protection and finish however they are like for like. If you have any questions at all or need any further advice on application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly team via our contact us page.

      All the Best Samantha.

  1. I want to apply a finish the the roof timbers in my attic bedroom- which have been previously painted and are a light colour – elm/ pine?

    I want to apply a clear matt ( wax) finish- just to give them a bit more presence – accepting that there is still white paint in the crevices.

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for getting in touch with your enquiry. If you have removed as much of any previous product as possible and you are looking for something to seal, nourish and refresh, then you may want to consider a wax such as the Fiddes Supreme Wax Polish as a good option. Wax can add a little shine although this can be limited by not buffing the surface. The benefit of using a wax is that it can be applied over any pre existing finish, so if there is any paint/stain or oil remaining on the wood or in the crevices, its not a problem for the wax.

      It is possible, with some beams to use an oiled finish such as the Osmo Polyx oil however it depends on the condition of those beams. For example if the beams have some age and are a little rough around the edges the uptake of the oil will be high and so the project becomes expensive. If the beams are relatively smooth and new then an oil may be an option. I would be happy to take a look if you are able to send some photos in to me via our contact us page. And I can perhaps get a better idea of what will suit your project best.

      Kind regards Samantha.


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