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Just finished cleaning the glue off my next rod (I'm up to #9 now), a Para 15, and instead of putting on a coat of tung oil as I have been doing, I thought I'd try Danish Oil.  Home Depot didn't have any, but did have Teak Oil.  When I read the can labels about it being good for very dense woods,  and that it cured IN the surface, not ON the surface,  it seemed like the right way to go.  So, I bought a can and tried it. Looks very nice and was easy to use.  Gave the blank a very nice luster and I really like the look.  I'll still likely varnish later, and the can indicated that shouldn't be a problem.

Wondering if others have had an equally satisfactory experience with it, or maybe warnings of yet to be discovered problems, I searched the archive for other references but didn't find much.  So, any you folks have any "heads up" warnings of imminent problems varnishing, or perhaps experience with using only the Teak Oil as a rod finish?  Would it be durable in the long term?  The can also indicate it was for indoor or outdoor use, so it would seem to be OK.  I'm not sure of what it is made up from other than the can indicated it contained mineral oil.  (Ralph MacKenzie)

    I used to give a coat of boiled linseed oil to bamboo rods and only changed about 5 years ago to tung oil.  I had no problems with linseed oil as an undercoat, so I don't see where this would be any problem.  (Bret Reiter)

    I have two wood chairs on my deck that I stripped and then refinished with Teak Oil.  They've spent two summers baking in the central Texas sun and they still look good.  When I refinished those chairs I left some Teak Oil in the bottom of a container to dry out and it dried really darn hard.  

    I was really impressed by how hard that dried residual Teak Oil became and the fact that it's supposed to go into the wood (like you mentioned).  So I used Teak Oil as a first coat on a rod that I made two years ago.  I followed the teak oil with 4 coats of varnish.  It looks fine so far, but that doesn't speak to long-term viability of Teak Oil only approach.   At least the Teak Oil and varnish were compatible.   (Eric Koehler)


I have done a search for the use of Danish Oil for finishing and not come up with much. Jon McAnulty refers to it as being great when used on a paddle but I cannot find any reference to it being used on a rod. I am trying to postpone, for the moment, investment in further paraphernalia such as a dipping tank and am curious as to whether Danish oil has been successfully used or not. Unfortunately I cannot find a source for Tru-Oil (which would appear to be a possible solution) and am a little wary of using Tung oil without a varnish final coat. Does anyone have any advice on the use of Danish oil. (Stephen Dugmore)

    There is an oil finish called "Deks Olje", which is used for boats.  It comes in 2 kinds, #1 is for initial sealing and is not glossy at all, #2 is a glossy finish.  Don't know if you'd be able to find a source in your country, but I think it would be worth a try if you can.  Naturally, get the smallest amount you can, a little seems to go a long way.  It may be the finish referred to.  I used it on my bowsprit some years ago, and it worked quite well there.  (Neil Savage)

    Watco makes a product called "Teak Oil Finish" that I found in a local hardware store. The English lettering says that it seals and protects dense woods , but the Spanish version "penetra las maderas densas" means penetrates dense woods. So far I've used it on a real seat and it works well, I think it should work well on bamboo, though haven't tried it.  (Henry Mitchell)

    Tru-Oil is not hard to find.  It is to be found in the gun section of most sporting goods stores.  I tried Danish oil once, but was not impressed.  (Ralph Moon)

    I used it on my last rod as the first coat. However, I followed it up with a varnish covering so I can't comment on its use as a sole finish. The result I obtained with it this way was very good. No complaints.  (Jon McAnulty)

    Thanks for all the replies - already! 'Gunshop' was the vital clue. Unfortunately there is no Walmart where I live (Cape Town, South Africa), but I have managed to find a gun shop which stocks  Tru-Oil.  Will  abandon  Danish oil  as an idea and read/re-read the current thread on Tru-Oil with renewed interest.  (Stephen Dugmore)


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