The Real Milk Paint Company | Half & Half (Half Tung Oil & Half Solvent)

A perfect blend of Pure Tung Oil and a natural, food-grade thinner - NO MORE MIXING NEEDED!
Ideal for butcher block and wooden countertops
Available in the following sizes: 16 oz, 32 oz, 1 Gallon


Price: $19.99
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Half Tung Oil & Half Pine Solvent

A perfect blend of Pure Tung Oil and natural food-grade thinner. No more mixing needed! One part Pure Tung Oil mixed to one part Natural Solvent (currently Pine solvent - see note below). Most projects require the thick viscosity of Pure Tung Oil to be thinned in order to soak into the surface.  Perfect for small to large projects.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to global shortage, high cost and demand for pure Citrus Solvent, The Real Milk Paint Co. has made a switch to the Tung Oil/Pine Solvent blend for the Half & Half.  Pure Citrus Solvent is available HERE if you choose to buy separately and mix yourself.

Available in the following sizes:

  • PINT (16 oz) - Covers 50 sq. feet per coat
  • QUART (32 oz) - Covers 100 sq. feet per coat
  • GALLON (128 oz) - Covers 400 sq. feet per coats

In most cases, pure Tung Oil is too thick to penetrate sufaces. By thinning with the natural solvent, the oil is able to penetrate deeper into the material.
This 1:1 ratio is great for food safe projects like cutting boards, table tops and wood kitchen items. Half & Half is also the right mix for raw wood floors, walls, concrete, terracotta clay pots, slate, and outdoor furniture.

How to Finish a Wooden Countertop

Application Instructions for Finishing Countertops & Butcher Blocks

The Half & Half pre-thinned version of Pure Tung Oil and Natural Solvent makes a perfect combination for finishing countertops and butcher blocks naturally.
Pure Tung Oil's matte finish looks great on furniture, but if a glossy finish is preferred you will need to buff and wax the finish, or use polymerized tung oil or a formulated tung oil based product.

Apply the mixed Half & Half with a brush over the whole surface. Apply coat after coat until the wood has absorbed the oil and will not accept anymore (the wood will absorb the oil until it is saturated). You will be able to tell when the wood has absorbed the correct amount of oil when you see the mixture sit on the surface, rather than penetrate into the wood as it did in previous coats. At this point, wait 45 minutes to 1 hour in order to see any dry spots that may appear. If dry spots occur, brush additional finish until the wood is uniformly glossy. THIS MAY TAKE SEVERAL HOURS.

Again, when you notice the wood is not taking any more of the mixture, and all dry spots are covered, you will wipe all excess oil off. Use firm pressure and wipe all standing puddles/loose oil off of the surface. YOU ARE DONE FOR DAY 1.

Feed the wood again until it puddles. Let the 50/50 mixture sit on the surface to penetrate when it seems no more will absorb wipe off the excess. Watch the wood counter top for seeping over the next 5-7 days. Wipe off any seepage with clean rags. Light buff the surface for the next week or so. The Pure Tung Oil takes 15-30 days to fully cure. During this time you can still use the top. Just do not leave absorbent materials like paper or placemats on the countertop. Keep dishes and bowls from sitting overnight. However, you can still use and entertain while the oil dries. Just be sure to remove any items from sitting on the surface for long periods of time.

For under the counter, you can do one or two coats of 50/50. Two coats is plenty. Coating the underside helps to even out the absorption of moisture into the wood and slows down expansion and contraction.


To maintain the counter top, make a solution of 2 parts Citrus Solvent to 1 part Pure Tung Oil. Apply this real thin with a rag. Do this maintenance coat when you feel the wood is dry and absorbing water from cleaning. Maintenance coats should be allowed to dry a day or two. Then you can go back to full use again.

Put used rags outside and hang up to dry before disposing in the trash.


Pure Tung Oil was and is one of the first truely "Green" finishes. It is all natural and contains zero VOC's. Pure Tung oil (China wood oil) is a all natural finishing product that provides a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant coating. It is classed as a drying oil along with linseed, poppy seed, safflower seed, walnut, soybean, oiticica and a few other oils.

Although it is relatively new to the Western world, tung oil, also known as china wood oil, has been known for centuries to the Chinese, and until this century, China was the main source for the oil. It comes from the seed of the tung trees, deciduous trees that are very susceptible to frost damage. This vulnerability has restricted the cultivation of the tung trees to China and South America. Tung oil received wide application in China: in the building trades as a treatment for both stone and wooden structures; in marine trades as a preservative and water repellant on wooden boats. It is said to have been introduced to the West by Marco Polo. From the 13th to the 19th century, tung oil had only limited use in the West.

More recently, tung oil has gained favor over linseed oil for wood finishing because it is faster drying and does not darken as much with age.

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