TYPES OF WOOD FINISH

The types of wood finish below are the 3 main finishes we use for the final requirement needed to produce your perfect piece of furniture.  Each finish plays a specific and unique role, providing both protective and aesthetic benefits. You can of course opt for a different finish of your choice. We can talk through with you all options available. Simply contact us and we can work out together the best solution for your individual need.

types of wood finish

Lacquer Finish

Lacquer is a very popular wood finish with several benefits. It can be applied via brush or spray and is a long lasting choice for protecting all types of wood. It is resistant to most everyday spillages and forms a layer of protection that can withstand moisture, stains and general day to day knocks and prangs!

 

There are several types of lacquer that can be used, depending on the desired finish. We will of course fully explain which lacquer may be best for your new handmade table of other piece of furniture.

Enhanced Appearance

Lacquer gives a stunning glossy finish, enhancing the natural beauty of the wood grain. 

Smooth Finish

When lacquer dries it forms a hard and incredibly smooth finish. This produces a silky and polished appearance.

Durability

Lacquer will provide a long lasting and durable protective layer. This helps preserve the natural and original look of the wood and can withstand stains, moisture, scratches and any knocks that may occur to the table.

Fade Resistant

Lacquer provides strong resistant to UV radiation form sunlight. This preserves the colour and appearance of the wood over time.

Ease of Repair

If scratches to the lacquer occur it is relatively straightforward to repair. Sometimes a fresh coat of lacquer will be enough t

Versatile

Lacquer can be applied to a variety of wood types of all different shapes and sizes. This also includes intricate and unique shapes and styles.

types of wood finish

Wax Finish

The application of a wax finish has been traced back to the 14th century. Traditionally, beeswax was used as the final application for floors, musical instruments and of course, furniture. There are now several types of wax that can be used, including beeswax, depending on the finish required.

 

Unlike Lacquer, wax tends to leave a more matte finish. Furthermore, the protection that wax gives to wood is far less affective than lacquer. However, wax can be buffed to create a slightly glossy effect but will need to be maintained with further application of wax or buffing in the future.

Natural Look

The application of a wax finish produces a warm and soft appearance. The lack of a glossy finish means the natural character of the wood shines through, almost as if no finish has been applied.

Enhanced Contrast

The wax finish can enhance the contrast of the unique character and grain of the wood. This effect gives a rich and appealling appearance.

Easy to Repair

Wax does not protect as well as lacquer, but any scratches or blemishes to the wax can be easily repaired by applying a further layer of wax.

Enviromentally Friendly

Most waxes do not contain any harmful chemicals and have as a low toxicity application. The most environmentally friendly option available.

Not for Outdoor Use

Wax offers minimal protection from water or moisture. We wouldn’t recommend it for wooden furniture that is located outdoors.

Extra Protection

Wax can be applied as extra protection over a previous applied finish. 

Oil Finish

Several types of oils can be used to enhance and protect wood and due to the varying properties of an oil finish, choosing the right oil is essential. This is something we will of course give guidance on. 

 

Oil will give a more subtle shine than lacquer and is a preferred finish for those looking for a less glossy look to the finished wood.

Grain Enhancement

Oil seeps deep into the wood and enhances both the colour and grain.

Easy to Apply

Apply an oil finish is fairly straightforward and forgiving.  Appllication can be made by using a cloth or a brush

Repairability

Oil can be reapplied to an already oil finished surface if scratches or other imperfections are present. The repair can be done by simply reapplying and blending new oil into the previously applied oil finish.

Natural Touch

The application of an oil finish leaves a very natural feel to the touch. This is due to the fact oil does not leave a shiny or plastic like coating.

Moderate Protection

An oil finish does not provide as much moisture protection as lacquer. However, oil will protect wood from moderate spills and moisture.

Matte Finish

Oil will leave a natural and non glossy look when applied to wood. For a matte or very subtle sheen, oil may be a good choice for your requirements.

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