Surface finishing for an aesthetic finish to woodwork
Wood finish products help eliminate minor blemishes and imperfections in the surface by smoothing and protecting the wood surface. A high-quality surface treatment also serves to change the desired color and aesthetics of the wood. Although there are different types of wood surface treatment products, the overall goal is usually the same: To protect the wood or enhance or change the appearance of the surface by allowing solids from the product to act and remain.
Best protection for your wood
The basic protection offered by a product for the surface treatment of wood is that substances are applied to the surface of the wood, penetrate into it and bond with it. Wood is a porous substrate, which means it is full of voids and holes.
These voids can trap dirt and liquids that not only affect the appearance of the wood, but can also lead to other problems such as rot, mold or mildew stains. The goal of finishing wood surfaces is to fill or seal these voids to protect the wood for the long term.
Products to finish your woodwork
Most types of wood are sensitive to scratches, dents and dirt. Oil and liquids often leave marks on wood items. Exposure to humidity can also affect wood. Lacquer finishes protect wood from all of these effects to varying degrees. In addition, most finishes accentuate the grain and really make it shine.
Penetrating finish products are oil-based and therefore absorbed by the wood. They are easier to apply than surface finishes and give the wood a more natural look.
Surface finishes dry on the wood and form a protective layer.
Paint, polyurethane and shellac are examples of surface finishes. They provide durable protection and are a good choice for heavily used wood items, such as outdoor furniture or frequently used countertops.
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