Care and Maintenance Instructions
Comparison of Finishes (Pros and Cons)
Pros- Allows wood to remain in true natural condition. Natural enzymes in the wood are proven to fight against bacteria such as E-Coli. Aging and patina change as wood is exposed to air and light building a lifetime of character. Minor repairs can easily be done by homeowner with no special tools. Top can be “refreshed” immediately by applying mineral oil at any time. Mineral oil is readily available and very inexpensive. Quickest lead time of any of the finishes.
Cons- Customers typically complain about the “mess” of using mineral oil. Not good for newspapers, paperwork, purses, etc, being placed on countertop recently oiled. Requires oiling by homeowner once a week the first month, then once a month thereafter as the homeowner sees fit. Lack of oiling may cause cracking or warping of countertop.
Pros- Finish hardens on top surface. Very durable, and impact resistant. Allows wood color to remain natural. No color change or very little color change for years. Quick lead / delivery times. Easier to match customer’s request for stains. Maintenance free sealer.
Cons- Some customers do not like the fact that the wood is very slow to change in color over time. Offers a satin sheen appearance only. Major scratches and damage, must be repaired in our facility.
Pros- Finish absorbs in fibers of the wood and builds to top surface. Creates minimal maintenance environment. Can provide a variety of sheen finishes, such as high gloss, or matte. Outdoor Marine finish also available.
Cons- Less impact resistant compared to conversion varnish. Requires multiple coat application and longer drying time between coats causing extended lead times. Product has color tint causing problems with lighter color woods such as maple or red oak. Not as easy to repair or match “patch” work.