Admiring that new rich, deep finish on the neighbor’s rehabbed dining table?

There’s a good chance it looks that beautiful because of soybean oil.

Long used by the coating industry, soybean oil is now a hit in wood stains and finishes, including those produced by Rust-Oleum.

“The viscosity of the soybean oil is low enough so pigments can get deep into the wood grain, and you get a richer color,” says Joseph Ferguson, director of research and development for Rust-Oleum. “Soybean oil speeds up drying and adds durability. It also gives some water resistance, which is helpful. Plus, soy is readily available. It’s tried and true to use with wood stains.”

Soybean oil’s versatility and availability are among the reasons why it appears in several lines of Rust-Oleum’s wood care products.

“From a marketing standpoint, our products give a beautiful finish, which is a byproduct of the soybean oil,” says Jessica Bahn, brand manager at Rust-Oleum. “The soybean oil is like the secret sauce. It gives a beautiful end result, and it’s easy to apply due to the viscosity.”