Liberon are a wood care specialist, producing a range of products that include varnishes, oils and waxes. They have been producing timber care products since 1912.
Oil finishes are one of the oldest forms of wood finishing, oils give a natural, hard-wearing finish with an unmistakable sheen and natural smoothness. Oil finishes have several practical benefits including being highly resistant to moisture and heat. They are easy to apply and maintain, simply re-apply a coat of oil when required. Oil finishes also enhance timber’s natural colours and grain pattern.
Oil finishes, if applied correctly will penetrating the surface of the timber to give durable traditional look, by penetrating into the surface they soak into the fibres of the wood and therefore will have a tendency to darken the timber slightly. To give an indication of the final colour slightly dampen the surface of the timber in an inconspicuous area. As with all timber finishes it is recommended that you tested the product in an inconspicuous area so that colour compatibility and final appearance can be assessed before applying.
Waxes provide a traditional finish to enhance wooden furniture and provide protection against staining. Made from natural ingredients, they produce a soft, satin sheen and give furniture a silky feel.
Wax finishes can be applied directly onto clean bare wood and also be applied over French polish, varnish or oil to create an extra protective barrier. While wax finishes are easy to repair and maintain by re-waxing the affected area. However a wax finish is the least durable of all the finishes and needs regular maintenance. Wax finishes are not suited for areas of high moisture, an oil or varnish finishes would be more suitable.
Varnish is ideal for items that are in heavy use, where maximum protection is required. Varnishes are highly resistant to water, heat and alcohol, meaning your wood is well protected. They are quick and easy to apply and no maintenance is required. While varnish protects furniture from scratches and stains it cannot be repaired and has to be stripped back and completely removed before re-varnishing. Varnishes will lift if water is left on the surface or is able to get between the wood and varnish itself.
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