Our history

In recent development, DeSmedt Group took over the American Wood Oil brand. Because of the success and years of experience, DeSmedt Group, decided to take the original formulas’ and establish manufacturing in each of our selling markets.

We are now represented in several European countries and Asia (China & Japan). New products and technologies, which are fast drying and ECO-friendly, are our main priority. Our focus is on premium wood care products. Offering the best solution in
every division such as ‘Tung Oil’, Hard Wax Oil, Natural Oil, UV-oil and Lacquers.Tung Oil is a very specific product that has been used for over 100 years to seal and protect all interior and exterior wood. The main ingredient, oil from the Tung-nut, has been known for years to offer the best water-repellent solution.

Hard-wax oil is very popular in Europe as it is a combination between Natural Oil and waxes. It forms a film inside and outside the wood. Still preserving a natural look and feel.

Natural Oil known as ‘linseed-oil’ is an eco-friendly and  budget-friendly option.

For industrial applications we offer oxidised oils such as Hardwax or Natural oil, furthermore for some big manufacturing we recommend UV-Hardwax oil which dries instant and has the mixed qualities and ingredients of oil and lacquer.

Why choose AWO

American Wood Oil provides a rich, hand-rubbed patina that enhances a wood’s grain and brings out its inherent beauty. American Wood Oil penetrate deep into the pores of the wood forming a bond from within. This penetrating feature gives the wood an “open pore” appearance that is desired by those seeking a natural-looking wood surface. American Wood Oil is the first choice for many wood floor specialists, furniture makers, antique restorers and craftsmen because of the genuine old-world presence and distinctive character it provides.

American Wood Oil “ tung oil finish” is the optimal way to preserve wood while revealing its gorgeous color and alluring luster. The ancient Chinese used tung oil to waterproof ships. Today, American Wood Oil literally locks out water with a formula that relies on the protective nature of resins and the penetrating sealing advantages of tung oil. American Wood Oil permeates wood surfaces and actually becomes part of the wood itself to resist moisture, dirt, household chemicals, alcoholic beverages, heat and cold and to provide an unprecedented finish.

Ease of use
American Wood Oil finishes are surprisingly easy to apply. They have a longer “open time,” meaning they stay workable for a greater period of time than most waterborne or oil based urethanes. And because American Wood Oil is self-leveling, lap marks, turns and cut-ins disappear. American Wood Oil is also simple to maintain. If noticeable scratches appear on your American Wood Oil-finished surface, all you need to do is clean the damaged area well with soap and water and then reapply a new coat where needed. You do not need to sand down to bare wood or refinish the entire floor like you do with other finishes.

AWO against other oils

With the finest line of wood sealers and finishes available, our quality, durability and reliability truly standout. Look at how American Wood Oil compares to other finishes:

American Wood Oil vs. raw oil or “Danish” oil.
Raw oils or “Danish” oils penetrate into the wood pores but do not really protect the wood. Finishes in this category are not difficult to apply, but they offer little or no protection to the wood substrate and can remain tacky like fly paper until dry. Because of this they require frequent and time-consuming reapplication, will water spot and are usually not recommended for working surfaces such as floors or counter tops or for use in water-sensitive areas. While American Wood Oil “Tung oil finishes” contain a superior drying oil, namely Tung Oil, they are fully cooked varnishes, which dry quicker and form permanent films tough enough to walk on and take daily abuse. American Wood Oil “Tung oil finishes” are also water and household chemical resistant (alcohol and alkali).

American Wood Oil vs. linseed oil.
Linseed oil is a drying oil pressed from the flax seed. While linseed oil will penetrate into the pores of the wood, it will not really protect the wood substrate and will remain tacky like fly paper until dry. Linseed oil molecules are also larger than Tung oil and will therefore have limited penetrating ability. Because of this it requires frequent and time-consuming reapplication, will water spot and is usually not recommended for working surfaces such as floors or counter tops or for use in water-sensitive areas. Linseed oil also contains linoleic and linolenic acids, which cause it to yellow over time. American Wood Oil provides deeper penetration to seal wood fibers beneath the surface because the molecules are smaller. American Wood Oil is water resistant and will not water spot like linseed oil, nor will it yellow like pure linseed or linseed oil modified coatings (e.g.: oil-modified urethanes).