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Osmo Polyx oil or Top Oil?

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sparkay1 Tue 16-Apr-13 14:42:28

Hi, We are about to install oak worktops (being purchased from worktop express) and I've been hearing that Osmo oil is much better at keeping the stains/water away than Danish oil etc..

Just wondering if it matters which Osmo oil you use: Osmo Polyx hardwax oil or the Osmo Top Oil?...what have you used and how effective is it? Think we will be going for a overmount sink despite me wanting an undermount! Hubby concerned about mould etc.

Also if you have used either, did you apply anything as a base (think there is some kind of protectant you can also buy?) and did you sand the worktop before hand? I will be ordering our worktop untreated so don't know if it needs sanding before using the Osmo oil...

Appreciate any advice!

ceres Tue 16-Apr-13 20:05:41

we used to have danish oil on our oak worktops and it was horrible. forever going patchy, needed frequent applications and turned the wood a horrible orange colour.

as our worktops were previously treated we had to sand them back to bare wood. once this was done we just used the osmo polyx hard wax oil on them. i think we did three coats. that was at least 6 months ago - possibly longer - and they are still perfect. no marks, water still beading and looking lovely. and we have an undermounted belfast sink.

it's fantastic stuff. i think the top oil may be the same stuff but sold in a smaller tin......may be wrong about that though.

sparkay1 Tue 16-Apr-13 21:15:31

Thanks Ceres! I'm definitely going to go for Osmo! Might be able to convince the husband an undermount sink will be fine now! :-)
Do you still have to be careful about drips of water getting on it? I'd still need to use a dish drainer as we don't have a dishwasher. I have a stainless steel one now but it doesn't have a bit to catch the water, plus stainless steel tends to leave marks on the wood so I've read...or is that also no longer an issue if you use Osmo oil?!

fossil971 Tue 16-Apr-13 21:39:02

I am pretty sure that someone from Osmo told me that Polyx oil and Top Oil are the same thing. They repackaged it because people thought Polyx oil was only for floors. I have used it for years and it is very hardwearing and water resistant. I think you only need the water resisting primer if you are literally using it in a bathroom or sauna.

I tested a bit of oak I'd osmo'd with a wet tin can and it did get a black mark. I can't remember now if I had to scrub or sand it off. Ferrous metals react with oak quite badly but I don't think stainless steel is quite as bad. It's cast iron and rusty tins that are worst.

Welcome to the wonderful world of hardwax oil grin.

sparkay1 Wed 17-Apr-13 00:43:38

Thanks Fossil971! Osmo hardwax oil - my new best friend! :-D

SourceWoodFloors Thu 13-Aug-15 11:03:07

Go ahead with osmo polyx oils, they bring out natural character, resilience, and preservation for all interior and exterior timbers. Thank you

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