Does Oiling Wood Seal It? (Real Truth)

Wood is a natural material that is used in almost every home. Interior designer use wood in variety of ways. Protecting wood from external damages need to be handled smartly.

Rubbing oil on wood is beneficial to it in a few very obvious ways. Oil makes wood water resistant as water penetrate through very tiny holes in wood. Oil does not seal the holes though.

This very brief article will answer why oiling does not seal the wood.

So, let dig into important details.

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Wood furniture and fixtures are treated with polish and varnishing to give it a color, finish, protection and shine.

Wood is a natural material with very tiny holes and cracks that are not even visible to naked eye.

In a natural habitat water penetrates into wood deep through these hole as a nurishment.

The tiny holes and cracks in wooden furniture and fixtures absorb moisture as a natural process, and need to be sealed.

Seal by default means blocked or to close. Sealers carry the properties that can block these tiny holes.

We will discuss that later in article. For now let us see what oiling actually does to wood.

What Oiling Does to Wood?

Oiling wood is an old practice by wood workers and craftsman. Almost all species of wood can benefit from oiling on their surface.

Here are a few benefits of oiling wood.

  • Adds a shine to wood surface
  • Enhance natural beauty of wood grains
  • Penetrates deep in wood pores and replenish natural wood oils
  • Provide natural resistance against water and other liquids
  • Slightly harden the surface of wood with time
  • Prevents the wood from drying out
  • Some oils prevent wood from cupping, splitting and wrapping

These are a few key benefits of oiling wood surfaces.

Now, a little about why oils can not seal wood pores. Oils are basically semi to liquid in nature.

They have the tendency to flow through the pores and little crackers present of wood surface.

Wood sealers are developed from a mixture of synthetic resin, lacquer and alcohol. The sealer last usually from 1-2 years.

Wood sealers create a strong film on the surface of the wood to avoid water, moisture and mold spores (that builds up in moist condition) from entering into wood.

Here is a list of some of the best wood sealers.

  • Roxil wood protection cream
  • Rainguard premium wood sealer
  • Pure ring oil
  • Thompson’s water sealer
  • DEFY crystal clear wood sealer

Concluding the subject about wood oiling application as sealer is simple and that is oil does not seal wood pores by blocking them.

You need to apply proper wood sealers to make sure the wood surface is completely protected against water and other damages.

Written by: Adil Masood Qazi