We recently took on a project involving plain sliced Macassar ebony veneer and the client opted to have a tung oil and wax finish hand applied. The veneer was sanded to 220 and the first coat of oil was immediately applied. We are now on the fifth coat of oil, scuffing in between with scotch brite, and still do not have an even sheen on the surface. Does anyone have experience working with this combination or ideas as to what could be causing the irregularity in sheen? Also, the variation seems somewhat consistent with the grain pattern. We have to install the piece next week, so we are running out of time to figure this out.
From contributor G:
Can't say as to that particular combo, but last time I used tung oil, I sanded the first couple coats in with 220. Are you letting it dry (cure) before the scotchbrite?