FAQ – Oil of Natural Origin SOLO20 April 2018
Here is a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about the application of our Oils of Natural Origin for Wood LIGNA. More specifically, our oil SOLO designed for the wooden floor.
Q: How come the Ligna oil requires only one coat while most other brands requires a minimum of three coats?
A: Ligna oil is a third-generation oil. It contains up to 70% of resin and vegetal oil. The oil nourishes with the resins contained in the oil and penetrates in the first millimetres of the wood. By drying, the resins crystallize and bind together to form a durable and impermeable protective layer.
Q: When is adding a refresh coat of oil is necessary?
A: It all depends on how it has been maintained and the use of the surface. Using the Ligna maintenance products (composed of oils and vegetal wax) will delay the application of a refreshment coat. A thin layer of oil is necessary after 3 to 7 years. To refresh the finish with greater ease you can use LIGNA TANDEM – 2 on top of SOLO.
Q: How do we know when we will need to apply a refreshment coat of oil?
A: When the finish becomes dry, dull and rough
Q: How can we get a more polished finish with your oils?
A: The SOLO oil can be polished mechanically with a white polishing pad or traditionnaly with your hands and arms. This opens the resins and adds a little gloss to your finish. Adding a second coat will also increase the gloss. Adding a second coat will darken the colour, we suggest applying the natural coloured oil.
Q: I like the colour I chose, but I find it too subtle. Is it possible to have the same colour but darker?
A: The addition of a second coat of oil after 24 hours increases the colour by about 20% (maximum of two coats).
Q: How come my freshly oiled surface remains sticky 24 hours after applying Solo?
A: The oil dried on the surface. A thin layer should be applied and must be wiped after 5 to 10 minutes. By doing so, the new oil will penetrate the dried oil and remove any excess oil. If the surface is inaccurately wiped, it will remain sticky. To remedy the situation, add a small amount of oil on a cotton cloth and rub over the entire surface, in the direction of the wood grain. The oil will dilute the sticky resin, and the finish will become uniform.
Q: I tried to wipe my sticky surface with a little oiled cloth but the surface is still sticky. What should I do?
A: Non-penetrated resins are crystallizing on the surface of the wood and not in the wood. You must wash your surface with Ligna oil diluent (Iso-Diluant) or a Citrus solvent to remove the sticky resin. You can then apply a very thin layer with a cotton cloth to uniformize the finish.
Q: Is SOLO oil can be used on kitchen and bathroom countertops?
A: SOLO can be used on work surfaces such as kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. To increase the water resistance, we recommend applying two coats for this type of surface and to polish with a white polishing pad. For cutting surfaces used to slice meat, we recommend using a compatible oil for food surfaces, such as Bio-Supra (2 coats), Tung oil (6–8 coats).
Q: I want to apply SOLO oil on my mouldings and wall paneling, but since it is thicker, will it be difficult to wipe the hollows of the wood?
A: Since this type of surface requires little protection against abrasion, we recommend using LIGNA PRONTO oil designed for less stressed surfaces. If you only have SOLO oil in your hand, this is not a problem. You can mix one part of ISO-DILUANT for four parts of SOLO oil. This makes the oil easier to apply.
A: Although some high-quality varnishes appear to be less maintenance than oil, you cannot only refresh the surface. It will require a complete sanding which can be very expensive. To refresh with our monocoat oils, you simply have to clean and apply one coat of fresh oil to the top of your surface. A varnished finish may require up to 4 layers (stain and 3 coats), while with Solo the surface is already stained and protected in only one application.
Q: There is a scratch on my oiled floors, how can I repair this?
A: On an oiled floor, unlike a varnished floor, it is possible to do local repairs. Simply sand the scratched surface slightly and reapply oil. Make sure there is no oil on the untouched surface and wipe the excess oil of repair after 10 to 15 minutes. If your surface has been oiled for a few years, a slight difference in gloss may be discernible.