OIL APPLICATION & MAINTENANCE
Easy to apply ...
1. Prepare the benchtop by sanding all
seen faces and edges through grits from 80, 120, 180 and
320. Lay the bench upside down on a workbench and clean
free of dust.
Shake can well, With a clean brush apply two
coats of DGI
COUNTRY OILto bench underside, all edges and inside of cutouts allowing 3-4
hours between coats, Always brush with the grain.
3. Turn the bench over to expose the face immediately
after the second coat whilst still wet. Light sand with 180 grits
and 320 grits paper to remove any oil runs or scratches caused
when coating the bottom.
4. Clean free of dust and immediately apply
the first coat as in step 2 above. Do not leave overnight in
an unbalance state. Allow at least 8 hours to dry, then light
scuff with fine 00 grade steel wool or 400 grit wet-dry paper
working with the grain. Clean free of dust and repeat for two
5. Using steel wool as the applicator, apply
the final coat rubbing with the grain in order to obtain a smooth
finish. Then immediately wipe off any excess with a clean rag
to give a nice even appearance.
6. If a higher gloss level is desired, either
apply final coat by brush, or buff with lambswool / polish to
7. Stand back and admire your handiwork. If
any unevenness or blotchy patches are evident, these are caused
by not wiping off uniformly. To remedy, repeat steps 5 and 6.
Wait at least 24 hours before using your bench and treat with
care for another few days to allow full curing.
Easy to maintain ...
Your DGI COUNTRY OIL finished benchtop
is easily maintained by wiping clean with water and/or diluted
liquid detergents as required. Avoid products that contain
silicon compounds such as 'Mr. Sheen'.
Remember, as with any benchtop always use a cutting board
when preparing food. We also recommend using a stand under
electrical appliances such as kettles. For repairing impact
damage etc., refer to DGI Leaflet No.
5 (REPAIR GUIDE). Surfaces should be re-oiled whenever signs
of drying out, excess dirt or lifelessness are observed.
Such maintenance can be done regularly and involves wiping
on a thin coat of oil and finishing with a fine steel-wool
pad; excess oil, as always, should be wiped off.
Where surfaces have become very poor because of exposure,
neglect or abuse then sanding back and retreating should be
Regardless of damage that may occur, repairs are relatively
simple. Minor scratches can be buffed out with an abrasive
polish or touched up.
If impact damage occurs (dents - where timber is compressed),
this can be restored with a damp cloth and very hot iron. By
placing the cloth over the dent and ironing over it, water
vapour is forced into the fibres and the timber will ultimately
restore itself to normal. Keep the cloth damp - a spluttering
sound is normal.