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Frequently asked questions about Odie’s products

Frequently asked questions about Odie’s products2022-04-27T11:45:51+02:00
How do I apply Odie’s?2022-05-19T15:38:20+02:00

Just apply your Odie’s product to any surface you wish, it really is that easy to use! Chech out this video for more details:

How do I get a better sheen?2022-05-19T15:44:34+02:00

Your sheen will depend on the quality of finish prep as well as on the sanding grit used. The lower the grit, the more matte the sheen is, and the higher the grit, the higher the sheen. When sanding to a higher grit remember not to skip grits. 

When can I start using my wood project?2022-05-19T15:45:31+02:00

You can start using it immediately, however, you should pay attention to it and not let any liquid stand on the surface until the cure time is completed. If you have used Odie’s on flooring, we recommend you wait 72 hours before you start putting your furniture on it. Do not let any liquid on it until after the complete cure time with flooring as well.

How long is the cure time for my wood project?2022-05-19T15:46:09+02:00
The cure time for most woods is 2 weeks. It is very important to allow your wood to cure for optimal results. If you have any doubts about this, get in touch with us!
Do I need to sand in between layers?2022-05-19T15:34:17+02:00
You do not need to sand in between layers. You simply need to work it in with a Scotch-Brite style pad, let it sit for about an hour, then buff it off; this process is repeated for any additional layers of the oil, butter, wax, or any combination of the three. You can watch inspirational videos on our Youtube channel or on our Instagram!
After sanding in preparation for applying Odie’s Oil, what is the best way to clean the surface of sanding dust?2022-05-19T15:28:20+02:00

You can wipe off with a clean rug or tack cloth, let it dry and after apply the oil.

How do I use Mr.Cornwall’s Creative Colours?2022-05-19T15:38:25+02:00

You can create a custom stain using Odie’s products. To do this you can just easily mix Odie’s Universal Oil or Super Duper Oil directly with Mr.Cornwalls Creative Colours. For some inspiration, check out our Instagram account and our Youtube channel where we share videos!

Can I mix pigments into Odie’s Oils?2022-05-19T15:14:29+02:00

Of course, you can! Just mix any oil-compatible pigment into Odie’s Oil to make a stain, but we recommend using Mr. Cornwall’s Creative Colours for the best results! We have 25 color pigments but only your imagination can limit the range of colors available!

Why is the wax so hard?2022-05-19T15:07:28+02:00
Odie’s Wax is a traditional hard wax, so it’s supposed to be hard. You only need to scrape away a very small amount of the wax to use. It is the highest quality, high concentrate, super hard wax for wood.
Should I use the Butter or the Wax?2022-05-19T15:27:20+02:00

Odie’s Wax is used in very small amounts and should be used when you are looking for added protection and sheen. Odie’s Butter should be used when you are looking for some added protection, build, and sheen, but is better for fine woodwork. Both of the products can be used alone, but it is highly recommended that they be used in conjunction with the Odie’s Universal Oil as additional coats of protection and sheen.

What is the difference between the Butter and the Wax?2022-05-19T14:57:20+02:00

Odie’s Wax is a traditional hard wax and is usually used as a final layer to provide added protection and added extra sheen and is also water repellent. It is also a stand-alone finish, but we recommend using it as a final layer because the protection effect will elongate with the wax, for example for kitchens and bathrooms.  Odie’s Butter is a hybrid between the oil and the wax and is a softer consistency, which helps a lot. It is used as a building layer, provides additional protection and extra sheen, and is also perfect for fine woodwork, jewelry, etc. It can also be used alone. Please wait one day in between coats.

Would there be any difference if I apply Odie’s Dark Oils over Odie’s Universal Oil?2022-05-19T14:25:53+02:00

If you apply any type of Odie’s Dark Oils over Odie’s Universal Oil or Super Penetrating Oil or Super Duper Everlasting Oil there will be very little change in color if any, because the darker oil not only oxidizes but also interacts or changes depending on the tannins into the wood.

What is the difference between Odie’s Oxi Oil and Odie’s Dark/Super Duper Dark Oil?2022-05-19T14:20:04+02:00

Oxi, Dark, and Super Duper Dark are all oxidizing oils. They patina the wood over time, and give more depth and a darker tone, the dark level depending on oxidation, natural sugars, and tannins content within the piece of wood. Oxi Oil is a translucent oil. Odie’s Dark Oil and the Super Duper Dark Oil are made out of darker ingredients and may change the color of the wood by maybe a shade, but also add contrast to the grain. The Super Duper Dark Oil is a thinner formulation similar to Danish oil in the application and goes very well with pigments, even more with darker colored pigments, and is mostly recommended for refinishing a product. The Dark Oil has the same benefits as the Universal Oil but gives an extra patina and depth when applied, it helps get an older look to the wood, and gives a deeper, more characteristic color.

When should I use Odie’s Super Penetrating Oil?2022-05-19T15:32:05+02:00
Odie’s Super Penetrating Oil should be used when you need extra stabilization, or when you are covering a large area. It is a thinner consistency, it’s a hybrid between the Universal Oil and the Super Duper Everlasting Oil, but still provides protection and sheen and gives a natural, raw effect to the surface. Looks like there is nothing on the wood, but the oil work and protects the wood, it’s also good with pigments. For the best protection, especially when working outside, we recommend that you first put a layer of Odie’s Super Penetrating Oil, and then put an additional layer of regular Odie’s Oil on top.
What is the difference between Mr. Cornwall’s Super Duper Everlasting Oil and the Universal Odie’s Oil?2022-05-19T13:41:24+02:00

Mr. Cornwall’s Super Duper Everlasting Oil is a much thinner formulation, providing a bit of a warmer look, similar to Danish oil in the application, just wipe on, wipe off and you get strength, durability, and all-natural, food-safe qualities you’ve come to expect with Odie’s line of finishes (2 or 3 coats recommended with the Super Duper Oil, as it’s thinner than the Universal Oil). The light version is for both interior and exterior use, while the darker version, the Super Duper Everlasting Dark Oil is recommended for interior use only. The Super Duper is a stand-alone finish, which can also be used in conjunction with all Odie’s products. It also works well for making stains, simply add our pigments and mix them, we recommend the Super Duper if you wish to create unique stains with our pigments, while the Universal Oil is already effective in only one coat, providing strength and durability for your surfaces.

How long can I let my Odie’s sit on a shelf once opened?2022-05-19T13:34:57+02:00

Odie’s starts to harden once it is opened, if you come back to see that there is a hard layer on top, you can dig below it to get to the usable portion of the jar. Once Odie’s has hardened, there is no way to reconstitute it to the consistency it was before, but as Odie’s is a completely natural product, like honey, it has no expiration date.

How many m² can one small jar of Odie’s Oil cover? And the other products?2022-05-18T13:53:51+02:00
Depending on the wood type, the Universal Odie’s Oil can cover anywhere from 25-40 m² on most domestic wood. It is the most efficient finish on the market and you really only need a small amount!
You can get about 55 m² per jar of Odie’s Wood Butter and over 90 m² for the Odie’s Wax. The Super Penetrating Oil goes for about 80 m², a little goes a long way with Odie’s products!.
Can I use Odie’s oil on top of an already present stain or finish?2022-05-19T13:26:41+02:00

Yes, but it’s always best to use Odie’s directly on the wood, so it will penetrate the wood fiber and make that barrier against stains and water that makes Odie’s Oils so effective and unique in the market. Also, it is best to use Odie’s products anyhow! If you have specific questions about this, get in touch with our team and we will be able to help you.

When should I refresh my finish?2022-05-19T12:17:55+02:00

You should refresh your finish when you notice it is getting dull. Many customers do not have this happen for many years, but it depends on the use of the piece as to how long it will be before it needs to be refreshed. For instance, in most common settings, the finish will not need to be refreshed for many years. To bring back your sheen you simply need to add one thin layer of original Odie’s Oil, buff it in, let it set for about 45 minutes, and then buff it off completely.

How can I clean things that are finished with Odie’s products?2022-05-19T12:16:28+02:00
There are 2 different ways to clean things that are finished with Odie’s products:
  1. You can mix 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water and clean with a terry cotton cloth.
  2. You can use soapy water, but remember to rinse all the suds off, and then wipe it dry.
Does Odie’s offer UV and weather protection?2022-05-19T12:10:38+02:00

Yes, Odie’s finishes offer UV and mold protection, Odie’s is sun cream for wood. For additional protection you can add Mr. Cornwall’s Creative Colours which will act as sunblock. Refresh your piece when need it and keep the surface clean to reduce any chance of mold growth. We do not recommend Odie’s Dark Finishes for outdoor use.

Can Odie’s products be used outdoors?2022-05-19T12:04:33+02:00

All Odie’s products can be used outdoors with the exception of our Oxi and Dark products. When finishing an outdoor project, especially a large one such as a deck, we recommend that you first use a layer of our Super Penetrating Oil, and then follow up with a layer of regular Odie’s Oil or Super Duper Oil.

As an extra feature, Odie’s finishes also offer UV and mold protection when you use them outside, for additional extra protection you can add Mr. Cornwall’s Creative Colours which will act as sunblock. Refresh your piece when need it and keep the surface clean to reduce any chance of mold growth.

What can Odie’s be used on?2022-05-19T12:09:01+02:00

Odie’s finishes can be used on virtually any surface. This includes, but isn’t limited to wood, concrete, stone, clay, marble, brick, metal, plastic, leather, and epoxy.

Are there any harmful chemicals in the Odie’s products?2022-05-19T12:06:20+02:00

Nope! There are no harmful chemicals, solvents, VOC’s, or hardeners in Odie’s finishes, all ingredients are food-safe, so it is safe for your family and pets and it’s safe for our planet too.

Odie’s works harmoniously with the natural oils and waxes in the wood, so there is no need for solvents or toxins, just apply to any surface you wish, it really is that easy to use! Try it, if you don’t believe it! 😉

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