Types of Finish
Prevents the accumulation of dirt, slows down the exchange of moisture between the wood and the air and accentuates the natural features. It can be used to change the colour of the timber.
Good protection from dirt and grime, however susceptible to stains from water or alcohol. Penetrates the timber to bring out the natural characteristics and colour. Provides a very natural finish and easier to repair if damaged. Most commonly Tung, Linseed or Danish oil is used.
Applied with spray equipment lacquer is a tough durable finish. It provides excellent protection against dirt and water and is available in a variety of sheens.
Whether used on it’s own or over the top of another finish, it is one of the nicest finishes. Ideal for any indoors piece it allows wood to nicely darken with age. Most commonly Bees wax is used.
Note: Waxed surfaces will need to be re-waxed every now and then (typically once every six months), in order to maintain the true finish.
Wood stains should be used to enhance the natural colour of wood, rather than to try and hide or obliterate it. Great if you wish to match something to an existing timber piece.