Applying a finish can often be the most challenging part of any woodworking project but it doesn't have to be anymore.
We created our Omnia oils so that anyone regardless of experience could successfully finish their project.
Omnia is a monocoat product that does not require any pre-conditioner or varnish. All you need to do is prep the surface for finishing. This prep includes sanding.
For our slabs we recommend sanding 120 then 220. We recommend using an orbital sander with light pressure and very slow travel speed, approx 30 inches per minute. The light pressure is key to avoiding swirl marks. Also it is crucial to clean the surface between sanding grits to ensure there is no sawdust on the surface.
If you decide to keep the bark on your piece the only prep work is to remove any dust on its surface. If would like to remove the bark all you need is a wood chisel. When removing it apply light pressure and move your way down the edge. Once all the bark is removed you will need to follow the same sanding procedure as mentioned above. You want to ensure the edge has a nice smooth finish. You can also sand out any damage to the edge through sanding.
Once you are done sanding make sure you clean the surface with a cloth, vacuum or air gun to remove all sanding residue.
Now it's time to use our oil. The oil can be applied with any paintbrush which we find to be the easiest method. Ensure you cover the entire surface and edges including your live edge. If you are applying the oil to the bark you want to make sure to dab it to ensure all of it is covered. This oil will harden the bark to ensure it lasts for years and years. Allow the oil to penetrate the wood for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove all the excess oil with a cheesecloth or rag. When removing the oil it is best to follow the grain and really go over it a few times to ensure all the excess is removed.
To remove the excess from the bark simply dab it with the cloth all the way along the edge. Do not worry if you cannot remove all the excess from the bark since it will penetrate into and dry very well.
Now once you complete this step the oil become dry to the touch in about an hour and fully harden within a week. For best results we recommend light use until the 7 days are completed.
If you ever damage an area in the future all you need to do is sand the spot and reapply the oil. The repair will not be visible since it will blend perfectly with your existing finish.
If you have any questions or comments we are always happy to hear.
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