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Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby Andyp » 07 Apr 2015, 15:42

Not wishing to drag Chataigner's thread off topic I'd thought I post some images of a laminated oak worktop with danish oil applied. An untreated off cut of the original is on top of the finished piece which, from memory had about 5 or 6 coats of Liberon Danish Oil which at the time of use must have been at least 5 years old in an opened tin.

The oil was applied direct onto the bare wood, no sealer, no tint, no stain and had a light rub with a fine paper to finish.

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without flash
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The top image taken with flash, on my screen, looks the closest to the actual colour. I see no p1ss yellow.

Interested to hear of any other experiences, examples of discolouration etc.
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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby TrimTheKing » 07 Apr 2015, 15:59

As I say Andy, it could just be my viewpoint, but that top picture is the colour I'm referring to! :?

Could have been a combination of the oak I was using at the time, and the danish I used, but i just didn't like the change from a warmish reddy colour to a more yellow colour. I was a colour matcher by trade in my youth and am particularly sensitive to colour differentials in shades so might just be me being hyper critical of what I did.

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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby Andyp » 07 Apr 2015, 17:02

I'm off to Spec Savers later to check for colour blindness. I never new p1ss yellow was that colour. :D
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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby Woodbloke » 07 Apr 2015, 17:17

Andy's pic looks fine to me, can't see much wrong with it. This is an image of a bit of ash finished in DO:

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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby TrimTheKing » 07 Apr 2015, 18:46

Andyp wrote:I'm off to Spec Savers later to check for colour blindness. I never new p1ss yellow was that colour. :D


:)

Ash is definitely a lot worse for this, but what I mean about the yellowing I probably over egged (or over p!ssed :eusa-whistle: ) from your photo, but you can see what I mean from the difference in view of the two photo's. The bottom one is more the warm red whereas the top is a yellower shade of red.

I noticed it most on the pirate's check I made, I just didn't like the tone it gave to the wood vs a clear oil.

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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby RogerS » 07 Apr 2015, 18:49

I'm with Mark on this one. I hate Danish Oil for that very reason. In fact I hate most oils as a finish.
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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby Andyp » 07 Apr 2015, 20:02

This piece is less than a year old but no sign of yellow (as I recognise it) yet. Same as above, danish oil on bare wood.

Chestnut with oak drawers
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Photo taken last July but the colour seems the same today
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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby TrimTheKing » 07 Apr 2015, 22:37

Fair enough, what kind have you used? Looks to be better than mine…

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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby Andyp » 08 Apr 2015, 09:17

Mark, I would be extremely worried if, based on my experiences and your superior eye, you used a finish that I recommended on your next project only for you to be dissatisfied.

I'd have staked my life on the danish oil that I have been using was Liberon however I do remember having to destroy the child proof cap last time I used it and the bottle I decanted it into is clearly marked COLRON.

As always test on a piece of scrap first!
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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby TrimTheKing » 08 Apr 2015, 21:00

Haha, have no fear, rigorous testing is done on any recommendation so I won't be diving in, but I am always willing to be proved wrong if it can benefit me going forwards.

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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby RogerS » 27 Aug 2015, 16:03

One thought on this as I scrolled on by...

Maybe Danish oil is like other solvents. glues, oils- namely that it deteriorates with age. I always put the date of purchase on stuff I buy. Obviously, it depends on how long it's been sitting on the suppliers shelf but at least it is a starting point.
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Re: Danish Oil, does it yellow?

Postby Mike G » 28 Aug 2015, 08:53

I think it probably shows up worse on paler timber, but I made a series of pieces in ash 15 or 20 years ago, and I see a couple of them now and then. I can hardly look at them, they are so embarrassing...........the colour is awful. Not yellow, but orange.

I think of Danish oil as a thinned varnish, as it leaves a high build-up on the surface. If you are going to use an oil, give Finishing Oil a try.
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