About Our Wood Finishes
Characteristics of our Oil and Wax Finish
We use a special oil and wax finish that is:
- almost like varnish in appearance
- an organic plant-based premium hardener and sealer
- longer lasting than other Oil and Wax finishes
- easier to repair than varnish if scratches or dents appear in the woodwork
For cleaning, we recommend using orange oil with a dry cloth.
Contact us for repairs. We have had great success removing pet scratches and provide this service at cost.
Characteristics of our Varnish
We also offer water-based wood finishes, which provides a strong protective layer for the hardwood. It has a slight odor right after it is applied, as it is a manufactured (and not a natural) product. It provides superior protection for furniture pieces, and is available in a number of wood stain colors.
When you place your order, simply specify the wood finish color of your choice in the comments field when you check out. If you don't specify a wood finish color, we will contact you to discuss this choice in more detail.
Remove Dust – Dust buildup is made of small airborne particles and may scratch or dull the surface if not removed correctly. Simply wipe the surface with a cloth dampened with a cleaning polish or mild detergent.
Clean – Fingerprints, cooking fumes, smoking residue, etc., accumulates on any finished surface. None of these contaminants will harm the finish, but they should be periodically removed to restore the finish to its original luster. Just wipe the surface with a cloth dampened with a non-wax containing polish or mild detergent solution. Avoid the use of ammonia-based products or silicone oils as they may cause damage if used over a long period of time.
The finish is durable and resistant to most household spills. However, spills should be wiped up promptly to avoid potential problems.
Excessive prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, high temperatures and high humidity can cause damage to both the finish and the wood itself. These should be avoided.
Precatalyzed Varnish Performance Specifications
Application Procedures for Test:
- Surface – Applied to new samples of clear, dry oak and cherry.
- Coating Weight – Two coat system, sprayed at 4-5 mils per wet coat and finished to a dry coat weight of 3.5-4.0 mils.
- Aging – Coated samples were aged at room temperature for 21 days prior to testing.
- Cold check resistance (each cycle)
- 1 hour @-4F / 1 hour @ Room Temp
- 1 hour @ 140F / 1 hour @ Room Temp
- Print Test
- Film exposed to duck cloth with a weight transferring 2psi to the surface
- Tests were done for 24 hours at 77F and 104F
- Heat Resistance
- Film exposed to 1000gm weight for 15min with and without moisture
- Cold Check resistance
- Passes 10 cycles with no film failure
|Chemical Resistance (hours)|
|Vinegar (24)||No Effect|
|Oil Based Paint (24)||No Effect|
|Mustard (24)||No Effect|
|Turpentine (24)||No Effect|
|Lemon Juice (24)||No Effect|
|VM&P Naptha (24)||No Effect|
|Mayonnaise (24)||No Effect|
|Milk / Cream (24)||No Effect|
|Margarine (24)||No Effect|
|Ketchup (24)||No Effect|
|Orange Juice (24)||No Effect|
|Red Ink (24)||No Effect|
|Coffee (24)||No Effect|
|Tea (24)||No Effect|
|Olive Oil (24)||No Effect|
|Cooking Fat (24)||No Effect|
|Grape Juice (24)||No Effect|
|Alcohol/Water (24)||No Effect|
|Alcohol 100 Proof (1)||Slight Effect|
|Alcohol 100 Proof (24)||Gloss Change|
|Water (24)||No Effect|
|Acetone (2 min)||Gloss Change|
|MEK (200 rubs)||Slight Effect|
|Print Test||77 Fahrenheit – No Printing||104F – No Printing|
|Heat Resistance ||185 Fahrenheit – Dry – No Effect||185F – Wet – No Effect|