I have three or four flooring projects that call out for earthen prospects soon. I've been holding back on doing this for some time now because linseed oil is not readily available in the Philippines, especially on the island I am on (Palawan). We have large areas that would make shipping impractical for our tight pockets. What we do have a lot of is coconut, we're a coconut plantation that has copra and coconut oil readily available. As I understand, coconut oil doesn't usually come up as a spoken alternative to linseed, but I've seen it suggested several times with a lot of interest. But I've not actually come upon anyone whose used it and confidently told bold tales out loud. I am unable not to consider what's readily plentiful here. I understand coconut oil is a non-drying oil but I've also seen some people say any organic oil will dry with sufficient time and exposure to oxygen. I'm interested in there being possible easy-enough interventions to polymerise coconut oil using something like hydrogen peroxide, or just actually waiting things out. Has anyone here put thoughts to any of this and/or actual work modes in regards to this? Would be very grateful for any thoughts. Thank you ahead for your experiences.
I don't have experience with this, either, but another resource that may be available in your area is Palm Oil(although the macroeconomics of this product are terrible, environmentally speaking) - it may have better drying/hardening properties. Tung Oil would be the most close in regards to tropical source of oil, but it's usually expensive.
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posted 2 years ago
Thank you Dustin, I will look into Palm Oil. It does seem it may be quicker drying than Coconut Oil and may be less tempting for termites and other organisms that might consider the mixture edible.
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