Types of Wood Finishes
Wood finishes are commonly used in reclaimed wood furniture manufacturing to enhance appearance, keep the wood clean, make it look more expensive than it is, and increase resistance to moisture and other types of environments. Below are the many type of wood finishes used today.
Eco-Friendly Wood Finishes
Using eco-friendly wood finish on reclaimed wood is a very sound, environmentally-friendly option. The most commonly used eco-friendly wood finishes are beeswax, linseed oil, safflower oil, and carnauba wax. It is important to note, that the lowest VOC content, AKA volatile organic compound in the finish, the better. VOC is known to cause dizziness and headaches.
Varnish is considered the most durable finish for wood because it has great resistance to chemicals, heat and solvents. The only problem with varnish is it has high levels of VOC. There are different types of varnish for every budget or quality goal. The types of varnish are shellac, rubbing, wiping, and flat.
What makes stain finishes on reclaimed wood great is its ability to give it a more decorative look, rather than natural. The type of stain finishes you’ve probably heard about are matte, gloss, water-based and oil-based.
Dye finish on reclaimed wood is perfect when you are trying to match it with your overall decor because of its ability to enhance natural color and balance out a color on the wood. Dye is a bit delicate and is only recommended for indoor items, but can be used for outdoor with the application and help of varnish. The type of dye wood finishes are water-based and oil-based.
Wax finish is mainly used to protect the wood and give it a transparent look. Wax finish is delicate and unlike other finishes needs regular maintenance. Types of wax wood finish available are water-based and oil-based.
Highly flammable and necessary to be re-applied once a year, oil finish is great in nourishing and protecting wood.
Wood Preserver Finish
As the name says, the purpose of wood preserver finish is to preserve the wood by keeping away rot and insects. This type of finish is mainly used for outdoor wood.