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Rubio Monocoat : How To

What we Discuss:

- How to prepare your piece
- How to Mix + Apply the oil
- If you need Part B Accelerator
- Pro's / Con's / FAQ's of Rubio

In this photo we are using a Non-Woven Pad to spread the oil around the project

Prepping your piece before Oiling

1. After your piece has been flattened, start sanding at 40g to take out any machine marks or imperfections
2. Water pop (using a spray bottle and rag) to raise the grain and highlight any imperfections you need to pay more attention to
3. Sand at 60g after your piece is dry - Do not sand if the water has not yet evaporated from the surface of your project
3. Continue to sand 80g, 100g, 120g, 150g, 180g (water pop in-between the last two grits)

DO NOT rush the sanding process. Aim to move your sander 1" per second

4. Use Rubio Raw Wood Cleaner (optional). It helps remove dust from the surface of the table which allows the oil to bond better to the open pores in the wood. This will help with a smoother, more even finish. Let this dry for 45min - 1hr before applying oil

Remember : Rubio does not sell Part B separate. If you purchase the 100ml it will ONLY come with Part A.

Mixing your two Part Oil

Rubio comes with a Part A and Part B (if you have purchased the 350ml or 1.3L can). The Part B is an accelerator which will shorten the full cure time from 27 days to 7 days. If you are not using the Part B, your piece will be 85% cured after 48 hours and take the remaining 25 days to fully cure to 100%. 

If mixing Part A and Part B we recommend to use a digital scale to measure out the 3:1 mixture. 

100ml Pt A Oil = 33ml Pt B Accelerator

Mix throughly before pouring onto your work piece

Watch a video of the oil being applied HERE
This board was made with our tear drop template

Applying to your surface

We recommend to use a squeegee which will be less wasteful than a buffing pad. You can also use an old credit card or anything plastic that will not scratch the surface of your wood. 

When spreading the oil you want it to cover the entire surface and absorb into the pores of the wood. Some areas of the wood may be more dry which will require more oil. 

Working time is aprox 15 min. For larger projects, work in sections

Once the oil is spread over entire surface, use Wypall shop pads to wipe the access oil off the surface. It is important with Rubio to keep wiping the surface until your shop towel comes up dry or else you will risk having an un-smooth finish.  Make sure to dispose of the wet rags properly so they don't spontaneously combust.

This is the 100ml size which does NOT come with Part B Accelerator

Do I need Part B Accelorator?

Depending on your project and what the Oil is being applied to, you do not need the Part B. 
100ml Size container does NOT come with the accelerator. If you require both Part A and Part B you will have to purchase a larger size as the accelerator is not sold separately. 

The cure time is longer if you do not mix in the Part B with Part A.
If you are using Part. B you want to make sure you measure out what you need so that you do not waste any oil. 

This Wood + Epoxy board was sanded to 150g and finished with Rubio Oil Pure 

Pro's / Con's / FAQ's

- No lap marks
- Sand to lower grit = time saved

- More expensive then other oils on the market

Q: Is Rubio Monocoat food safe?
A: Once fully cured Yes
Q: Does Rubio Monocoat require a top coat?
A: No - if you apply anything on top or before the oil will not work the way it was intended
Q: Can you use Rubio on all species of wood?
A: Yes!
Q: What grit should I sand my work piece to?
A: We sand all our tables to 180 grit but for flooring applications Rubio recommends sanding to 120g
Q: How much coverage do I get with this Oil?
A: 100ml = 30-50 sq'
350ml = 115-190 sq'
1.3L = 420-700 sq'
Q: Will this oil bond with resin?
A: Yes, you will not get a super glossy look however as rubio is more of a matte finish

Watch this video on How to finish an Epoxy + Wood Table