Applying finish oil (Osmo)

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Hi everyone,

What's your method for applying finishing oil such as Osmo's Polyx?

From my research people pretty much apply it with anything and it depends on what you're oiling. I am currently finishing up a display unit made using oak veneered MDF which I sanded to 240grit. I also go over the project with a slightly damp cloth/rag to collect all of the dust from the veneered to provide a clean surface for the oil. I applied Osmo's PolyX using a synthetic brush applying it very thinnly making sure to work it into the grain and ensuring there is no excess that would cause pooling/dark spots. I have seen people use a range of methods to apply it such as using just a cloth/rag to a fancy white foam pad or synthetic brush. I have seen someone use a foam roller...which I think would be a bad idea because it's introducing air into the application which I'm not sure about.

Osmo do suggest ' With Osmo Flat Brush, Floor Brush, Oil Finish Applicator Fleece (Hand Pad Holder) or Microfibre Roller, '


Thanks all.
 

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White non abrasive pad for me. I apply it, then go around with another
piece of pad that’s dry and ensure no thick bits left. Always worked well for me.
 

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Thinly as possible and with several coats, it seems fairly ambivalent regards the exact application method so long as the excess is removed.
 

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I applied 3032 to my kitchen worktops with a 9" foam roller apparently designed for such a job but who knows about that. It takes so long to dry that the air is gone.

My more recent use was some worktop for the utility and for that it was just a standard 4" foam roller. No issues at all. 3 coats all over with some denibbing between.

Just keep it thin.

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Normally two pieces of rag. One to wipe on, and the other to wipe off a few minutes later. If I want to feature the wood grain then I use 0000 wire wool to rub on the first coat, (black iron particle collect in the grain), then subsequent coats with rag.
 

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Hi everyone,

What's your method for applying finishing oil such as Osmo's Polyx?

From my research people pretty much apply it with anything and it depends on what you're oiling. I am currently finishing up a display unit made using oak veneered MDF which I sanded to 240grit. I also go over the project with a slightly damp cloth/rag to collect all of the dust from the veneered to provide a clean surface for the oil. I applied Osmo's PolyX using a synthetic brush applying it very thinnly making sure to work it into the grain and ensuring there is no excess that would cause pooling/dark spots. I have seen people use a range of methods to apply it such as using just a cloth/rag to a fancy white foam pad or synthetic brush. I have seen someone use a foam roller...which I think would be a bad idea because it's introducing air into the application which I'm not sure about.

Osmo do suggest ' With Osmo Flat Brush, Floor Brush, Oil Finish Applicator Fleece (Hand Pad Holder) or Microfibre Roller, '


Thanks all.
I use foam brushes.
Work for me.
 

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I use cotton rags and wipe on very thinly then wipe off, if necessary, with the same. Works well on flat surfaces but my current project is a table base - how do people tackle 90 degree angles? Try as I might I still get slight pooling in the angle. I watched the Matt Estlea video (thanks Nelly111s) and will be giving the non abrasive pads a go.
 

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The best is to do the first coat any way you want. Make sure to wipe off excess. Second coat use a white webrax pad to apply, this will be super smooth.

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I provide this only for the entertainment. I tried to use a kitchen sponge, I may patent the "little bits of disintegrating sponge stuck to the surface look
 

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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies it's been really helpful like any industry, companies produce and advertise a ton of unnecessary products trying to sell you the best or must have tool to do the job.I have seen a few videos using the branded pads and all different methods of applying oil. They all leave you with a pretty similar result. I ended up using a brush and a lint free cloth to wipe off the excess and it worked out fine.

With any job it's easy to overthink or to rush out a buy the 'common' tool used to do the job or whatever the company advertises to use, sometimes you just need to keep it simple.

Thanks again.
 

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has anybody found osmo to make the work look two toned when mixing veneer and solid? I usually finish with acid cat but these wanted to finish using osmo. I just thought it was 2 toney. they were overjoyed though and I never mentioned owt
 

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