Starting out what do I need?

It’s simple, all Odie’s products are applied with a white non-abrasive, non-woven pad and buffed off using a Terry cotton towel (bath towel) Our ‘Starter Kit’ includes a jar of Universal Oil, pads and towels and is all you need to join the Odie’s Revolution…

Are there any harmful chemicals in the Odie’s products?

No! It’s all natural. There are no harmful chemicals, solvents, VOC’s, or hardeners in Odie’s finishes. 

What can Odie’s be used on?

Odie’s finishes can be used on virtually any surface. This includes, but isn’t limited to wood, concrete, clay, marble, brick, metal, plastic, and leather etc

Is Odie’s suitable for river tables?

Odie’s is perfect for wood and resin projects. Apply Odies to the entire surface in the same way as you would a timber surface. Because you buff off after 1hour there is no difficult to manage residue on the surface of the resin, Odies brings your resin to life.

Can Odie’s products be used outdoors?

All Odie’s products can be used outdoors with the exception of OXI and Dark products. When finishing an outdoor project, especially a large one such as a deck, we recommend that you first use a layer of our Super Penetrating Oil, and then following up with a layer of regular Odie’s oil or Super Duper Oil.

Does Odie’s offer UV and weather protection?

Yes, Odie’s finishes offer UV and mould protection, for additional protection you can add Mr Cornwall’s Creative colours which will act as sunblock. Refresh your piece when needed and keep the surface clean to reduce any chance of mould growth. We do not recommend Odie’s Dark finishes for outdoor use. 

How can I clean things that are finished with Odie’s products?

You can use mild soapy water such as washing up liquid, but remember to wash all the suds off and then wipe it dry. 

When should I refresh my finish?

You should refresh your finish when you notice it is getting dull. Many customers do not have this happen for many years, but it depends on the use of the piece. To bring back your sheen you simply need to add one thin layer of original Odie’s oil, buff it on, let it set up for no more than 45 minutes and then buff it off completely.  

Can I use Odie’s oil on top of an already present stain or finish?

Yes, but it’s always best use Odie’s directly on to the wood so it will penetrate the wood fibre and make that barrier against stains and water that makes Odie’s so effective. 

How many square feet can one 9oz jar of Odie’s Oil cover? And also the other products?

Depending on the wood type Odie’s Oil can cover anywhere from 150-220 square feet on most domestic woods. That’s around 5 large dining tables!. It is the most efficient finish on the market!

You can get about 600 square feet from a jar of Odie’s Wood Butter and over 1000 square feet from Odie’s Wax. Super Penetrating Oil goes about 600 square feet.

How long can I let my Odie’s sit on a shelf once opened?

Odie’s immediately starts to harden once it is opened, but it does have a very long shelf life, especially if you replace the lid as often and as quickly as possible. If you come back to see that there is a hard layer on top, you can dig below it to get to the usable portion of the jar. Once Odie’s has hardened, there is no way to reconstitute it.

What is the difference between Mr. Cornwall’s Super Duper Everlasting Oil and Odie’s Universal Oil?

Mr. Cornwall’s Super Duper Everlasting Oil is a much thinner formulation, providing a bit of warmer look. It is applied similar to Danish oil, just wipe on and wipe off, but with the strength, durability and all the natural, food safe qualities you’ve come to expect from Odie’s line of finishes (2 or 3 coats are recommended). The light version is for interior and exterior use while dark version is recommended for interior use only. Super Duper Oils are a stand-alone finish, which can also be used in conjunction with all Odie’s products. It also works well for making stains, simply add our pigments and mix.

When should I use Odie’s Solvent-free Super Penetrating Oil?

Odie’s Super Penetrating Oil should be used when you need extra stabilization, or when you are covering a large area. It is a thinner consistency than the regular Odie’s Oil, but still provides protection and sheen. For the best protection, especially when working outside, we recommend that you first apply a layer of Odie’s Super Penetrating Oil, and then an additional layer of regular Odie’s Oil.

What is the difference between Odie’s OXI, Odie’s Dark and Super Duper Dark oil?

OXI, Dark and Super Duper Dark are all oxidizing oils. They patina the wood over time, the darkness level is dependent on oxidation and the natural sugars and tannin content within the piece of wood. OXI oil is a translucent oil. Odie’s Dark oil and Super Duper Dark are made from darker ingredients and may change the colour of the wood by a shade, but also add contrast to the grain. Super Duper Dark is a thinner formulation, similar to Danish oil in application, just wipe on and wipe off.

What is the difference between the Butter and the Wax?

Odie’s Wax is a traditional hard wax and is usually used as a final layer to provide added protection. It is also a stand-alone finish. We like to use it on very light wood to keep them light as it offers the least colour change of any treatment. The Butter is a blend between the Oil and the Wax, and is a softer consistency. It is used as a building layer, and provides additional protection and extra sheen and it can also be used alone. Please wait one day in between applications.

Should I use the butter or the wax?

The Wax is used in very small amounts and should be used when you are looking for added protection and sheen. The Butter should be used when you are looking for some added protection, build, and sheen. Both of the products can be used alone, but it is highly recommended that they be used in conjunction with the Odie’s Oil as additional coats of protection and sheen.

Why is the Wax so hard?

Odie’s Wax is a traditional hard wax, so it’s supposed to be hard. You only need to scrape a very small amount of the wax from the jar to use.  

Can I mix pigments into Odie’s Oils?

Yes. You can mix any oil compatible pigment into the Odie’s Oil to make a stain, but we recommend Mr. Cornwall’s Creative Colours

How do I use Mr.Cornwall’s Creative Colours?

You can easily create a custom stain using Odie’s products. To do this you simply mix Mr.Cornwalls Creative Colours with Odie’s Oil, Super Penetrating Oil or Super Duper Oil. The ratio and number of applications depend on the results required and we recommend that you do some testing.

Do I need to sand in between layers?

You do not need to sand in between layers. You simply need to work it in with a non-abrasive non- woven pad and leave for about an hour, then buff it off; this process is repeated for any additional layers of the oil, butter, wax, or any combination of the three. We suggest applications should be 24 hrs apart.

How long is the cure time for my wood project?

The cure time for most woods is 2 weeks. It is very important to allow your wood to cure for optimum results.

When can I start using my wood project?

You can start using it immediately; however you should ‘baby’ it and not let any liquid stand on the surface until the cure time is completed.

If you have used Odie’s on flooring, we recommend you wait 72 hours before you start putting your furniture on it. Do not let any liquid on it until after the complete cure time.

How do I get a better shine?

Your shine will depend on the quality of finish preparation as well as on the sanding grit used. The lower the grit the lower the shine and the higher/finer the grit the higher the shine will be. When sanding to a higher grit remember not to skip grits.

I have sanded to a high grit but my piece looks dull what have I done wrong?

Most likely you have over applied, left it too long to buff off or not buffed off well enough. Apply Odie’s products sparingly, any Oil, Butter or Wax left smeared on the surface of your project is a waste, remember Odie’s cures within the grain not on the surface, any excess that has cured on the surface will be difficult to buff off. The remedy is to apply a small amount of SPO or Universal Oil to reactivate the surface and buff off vigorously immediately.