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Different Types Of Wood Finishes !

Wooden furniture, wooden floors and fixtures require protection to look like new and last in the long run. Wood finishes help to retain the natural beauty of the grain while providing protection to wood.

Wood finishes are seen in two categories. Certain wood finishes are used in layers and cure hard. Other finishes are penetrating and do not leave a hard film being an oil-based solution. Let’s check out different types of wood finishes.



This wood finish is fast-drying and comes in a clear liquid form. It is useful to enhance the wood grain and is easily applied by brush. While it evaporates upon application, it also cures the wood.

Lacquer provides the extremely intense gloss finish often used on many Asian-inspired or ultramodern furnishings. It is extremely durable and resistant to damage; however, over time it can begin to discolor and become scratched. Wonder why it's so smooth? It's applied via a sprayer, because it is thinner than the other finishes. You'll need a high-volume, low-presser (HVLP) sprayer and a well-ventilated and spacious workspace to apply it.


This forms a film when used on wooden furniture. Colourless in nature, varnish can also be applied on stained wood. It protects wood from heat, water and solvents. Technically speaking, all types of wood finishes that are solvent-resin mixtures belong to the category of varnishes! The resin used in varnish dictates the type of finish.

The name of this finish often is used generically for a finish or top coat. It's very durable because it contains a higher ratio of solids. Spar varnish is perfect for outdoor projects and for raw wood used for exterior doors and trim on rustic homes. In addition to protecting the wood, it also provides natural ultraviolet light protection. Spar varnish is often used on items that will be near or on the water, like a wood boat, decks, beach chairs, etc. Apply using a natural-bristle brush.