Outdoor Oil

General Finishes Outdoor Oil is an exterior-rated penetrating linseed oil that acts a wood maintenance preservative. It contains UV stabilizers, mildew prohibitors, and twice the oil contained in competing brands. Use Outdoor Oil for all exterior outdoor wood projects, particularly wood furniture. It can be used by itself, over any stain, and on pressure-treated wood. NOTE: Outdoor Oil may not adhere to extremely oily exotic woods.

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Instructions

Step 1: Preparation for Outdoor Oil

All raw wood projects require preparation sanding, and all existing finishes require prep cleaning and sanding. If you skip this critical step, your finish may fail.

Preparation for Raw Wood Decks, Siding or Fences.
Usually, no preparation is needed. If the surface is too rough, sand with 120-grit sandpaper.

Preparation for Decks and Projects with an Existing Finish

  1. General Finishes Outdoor Oil can be used over any existing exterior finish.
  2. Begin by power washing and let dry.
  3. If there is noticeable residue after power washing, you may want to sand with 120-grit sandpaper.
  4. Remove dust.  
  5. Let dry completely before applying Outdoor Oil.

Preparation for Raw Wood Outdoor Projects such as Furniture, Mail Boxes, Signs and Bird Houses

  1. Sand with 120-grit sandpaper followed by 150-grit sandpaper.
  2. Sand closed-grain wood, e.g., cherry, pine, maple, birch and alder, with 150-grit sandpaper followed by 180-grit sandpaper.
  3. Remove dust.

Step 2: How To Apply General Finishes Outdoor Oil

NOTE: Outdoor Oil may not adhere to extremely oily exotic woods.

General Finishes Outdoor Oil Application Steps

  1. Stir General Finishes Outdoor Oil. Do NOT thin.
  2. Apply 1-2 coats.
    • Brush application: Apply a liberal coat of Outdoor Oil with a cloth, brush OR roller. Allow it to penetrate for about 5 minutes, then wipe the excess oil off the surface. It is important to remove extra oil; any oil buildup that dries on the surface may cause drying problems.
    • Spray application: HVLP: 1.1mm-1.3mm spray tip, medium air cap. Verify tip sizes with your equipment supplier. See our general guide for spray tip sizes. Keep your gun at a 90* angle, 6-8" from the surface. On large, flat areas, use wet, even patterns 6-8" wide. For narrow surfaces, reduce the fan pattern to 2-3" wide to reduce overspray. Overlap each pass 25% to conceal lines. Wear a full filter respirator (NIOSH/MSHA approved). Visit this FAQ for more information on spraying techniques.
    • Spray on a wet coat and let the oil penetrate for 5 minutes. Wipe off the excess off with a clean cloth. 
  3. Dry 36+ hours between coats in ideal conditions, 70*F/20*C; 50-70% humidity. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if:
    • Applying over an existing sealed finish
    • Thick coats are applied
    • 3+ coats are applied
    • Humidity is over 80%

Cleanup of Oil Based Products

Cleanup
Clean up application materials and hands with mineral spirits or waterless hand cleaner, like Goop or Gojo. 

Disposal
Take great care when disposing of product-soaked applicators. Application materials, such as brushes and towels, containing oil-based products may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately place all application materials soaked with this product in a sealed, water-filled metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations. 

Spills
Clean up spills with mineral spirits immediately while wet. If oil-based finishes dry, they are difficult to clean off any surface, clothes or carpet. Carpet may discolor if cleaned with mineral spirits.

Prevention 
Protect your workspace with a tarp, your hands with gloves, and your clothes with an apron.

Storage of Outdoor Oil

Life of Product
General Finishes products do not last forever, even when unopened. They are best used within 1 year of the manufacture date listed on the bottom of the can. The life of the product may be extended with proper care and storage.

Storage Tips
See our video: Tips on Storing Leftover Finishes http://bit.ly/2q8Dn2w.
Oil-based products start to harden and cure when exposed to oxygen. The following best practices will increase the life of your product:

  1. Pry open sealed lids with a paint can opener by hooking under the lid's rolled edge. The use of a screwdriver can disfigure the rim and lid, impairing a complete seal. 
  2. Containers that have been opened must be carefully resealed and kept upright to prevent leakage. Clean the chime of the can thoroughly with a paper towel before closing to create a complete seal. Product in the chime can be minimized by using a pouring lid, such as Fitsall. Avoid wiping used brushes on the lid. Keep container tightly closed and sealed until ready for use. 
  3. Pound the lid in place using a rubber mallet to avoid distorting the chime or lid. Dents in the lid from direct contact with a hammer can impair a complete seal. Alternatively, place a flat piece of wood over can lid and firmly pound shut.
  4. Do not store in unlabeled containers.
  5. Store in moderate temperatures. Avoid temperatures below 50*F/10*C or above 80*F/26*C. Frozen and heat-damaged product cannot be revitalized. Store in well-ventilated and temperature-controlled spaces. Do not store product in an attic, garage, in direct sunlight, or next flame, heat or ignition sources such as a furnace.
  6. Store the can upside down to create a liquid seal, minimizing oxygen exposure from within the can. Decant remaining product from the can before stirring. 
  7. Add Bloxygen To Sealed Product. Bloxygen is an argon gas system that prevents oxygen and moisture from hardening leftover product. Because Bloxygen gas is heavier than air, it sinks to the surface of the leftover finish, creating a barrier between product and air trapped in the container. 
  8. Decant leftovers to a smaller container when the finish is almost used up to reduce the volume of oxygen in the container. 

Outdoor Oil is a Combustible Product

 

Warnings and Warranties

Limited Warranty
General Finishes products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using, including compatibility with other manufacturers products. General Finishes will be responsible only for the cost of our products and will not be responsible for any costs such as labor, damage, or replacement costs.

Contamination and Compatibility
Our finishes are engineered as a system and are compatible with each other. General Finishes cannot guarantee an ideal refinish when applying our products on top of or combined with another company's products or over surfaces that have been in contact with waxes, polishes or sprays containing contaminants such as silicone. Test for adherence and aesthetics before beginning. 

Danger: Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open flame. Application materials or other waste soaked with this product may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately after use, place rags, steel wool or waste in a sealed, water-filled, metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.

CAUTION: Contains ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS. VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG-TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating & inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

Warning
If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log onto www.epa.gov/lead.

Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye and skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. 

Warning
This product contains a chemical known to the State Of California to cause cancer and birth defects. Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye or skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

Specifications

Basic Features
Product Colors Amber - Dries with an amber tone
Base Type Oil
Ambering Yes
Interior or Exterior Exterior
Type Linseed Oil
Application
Coats 3 coats
Application Method Wipe On with Clean Rag
Brushable Yes
Usable over existing finishes Yes
Sprayable Yes
Dry Time
Dry Time - Touch 24+ hr
Dry Time - Recoat 36+ hr
Contents
Can Sizes Quarts, Gallons, 5 Gallon pails
Technical Data
VOC <550 g/L