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How to Choose the Right Wood Finish

Author: Deepa Roy
22 february 2011- You are all set to start with your DIY project for wood finishing! Read on these tips to help you with the proper selection of wood finishes for the results you want.

Wood Finish Tips
    Wood Finish Tips
    Wood Finish Tips
  • Decide on such issues as to how the wooden product will be used? Whether it will be exposed to water, moisture or other such elements? Do you want the wood finish to be transparent, semitransparent, or opaque?
  • Depending upon your requirements, buy the appropriate finish. For this, you must know the basics of wood finishes. Clear finishes give transparent looks and include varnish, polyurethane, lacquer, water-based and shellac. Opaque finishes are paints, which come in various colors.
  • Always read the information on the package label for additional help in selecting the right finish. Look at the finished samples available at many stores to get an idea of what the finish will look like.
  • For exterior wood surfaces like siding and fascia boards, use a paint that is labeled for exterior use and preferably contains a fungicide.

  • If you want to change the color of raw wood, use a wood stain. Wood stains also make inexpensive wood, such as pine, look more expensive (like cherry, oak, or mahogany)
  • If you want a weatherproof finish such as for outdoor wood furniture, use wood stains made with sealers.
  • Wood Finishes
    Wood Finishes
  • Give thick finishes to the furniture in high-moisture or high-traffic areas. Examples of such furniture include your garden furniture or living room furniture. To get a thicker finish, go for wood varnish, polyurethane, lacquer, water-based finishes, shellac or paint. These can be applied in several layers on the wood surface. Oil finishes cannot build up layers and leave the wood surface more natural-looking.
  • To bring out the beauty and the grain in wood, use oil finishes. They work more efficiently on hardwoods such as red oak, maple, cherry, and walnut.
  • Use linseed oil finish only on interior projects and for restoring wood furniture with an existing linseed finish. You will find both- regular and boiled linseed oil. Use boiled linseed oil if you want shorter drying time.
  • If you are finishing a wooden craft that has not been finished previously, you can use either danish or teak oils. Danish oil has comparatively low luster than teak oil.
  • For non-toxic wood finish, like for butcher blocks or wooden toys, use mineral oil.
  • For articles that are more exposed to moisture, use tung oil finish.
  • For slightly glossy or flat appearance, use wax finish.


Whatever finish you choose, remember wooden finishes protect your wooden crafts and furniture apart from making them look good. So, give a finish that is appropriate to the wood surface and make them stay with you for a lifetime.

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About the Author

DeepaRC is a textile and interior decor professional who has a vast experience in these fields. Apart from textile and home decor, she takes interest in varied subjects like health, writing and management skills. The readers are recommended to read more about wooden handicrafts and decor at Wooden Handicrafts, the B2b marketplace for wooden handicrafts

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